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Mayo-Free Macaroni Salad

Fresh, creamy, easy classic Macaroni Salad recipe made mayo-free! This simple macaroni salad will surely be a family favorite! Serve it up at your gatherings for a lovely side dish.

Mayo-Free Macaroni Salad Recipe - simple ingredients, lots of flavor and a Greek yogurt dressing make this easy macaroni salad so refreshing!

Chilled summer salads bring so much joy to life, and this macaroni salad just nails it. I made it a bit lighter than a traditional heirloom recipe, but it’s still loaded with flavor and that creamy appeal without being overly rich or heavy.

I prefer using Greek yogurt for the dressing in this macaroni salad as opposed to mayonnaise, but don’t you worry – if you love mayo, feel free to make the swap! It will make the dressing even creamier.

The fresh veggies make this macaroni salad taste nice and vibrant and snappy, leaving that refreshing essence to keep you making it again and again.

Barbecues, picnics, meal prep, dinner with friends…whatever the occasion, this macaroni salad is here for you!

It’s super straight-forward and actually pure joy to prepare. Let’s get into it!

Amazingly flavorful creamy Macaroni Salad made with a Greek yogurt dressing is light and refreshing!

How to Make Macaroni Salad:

Cook the macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Drain into a colander and immediately run cold water over the noodles to help cool them down and to remove excess starch. Note: I add a few tablespoons of avocado oil to the boiling water while cooking the pasta noodles, which helps them not stick together once drained.

While the noodles are cooking, add all of the ingredients for the dressing to a mixing bowl and stir together until well-combined.

Add the chopped bell pepper, red onion, celery, dill pickles and chopped hard-boiled eggs and stir well.

Ingredients for macaroni salad in a mixing bowl

Transfer the cooked and cooled macaroni to the mixing bowl and stir everything together until combined.

Stir ingredients for macaroni salad in a mixing bowl

Add sea salt and black pepper to taste. If desired, add more vinegar and/or mustard.

Note: After mixing everything together, the dressing will seem watery. As the macaroni salad sits in the refrigerator, the dressing will thicken up and become more luscious.

Pasta salad is always better after it sits! I recommend preparing this macaroni salad 6 to 24 hours in advance for best results.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Add sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, kalamata olives, capers, and/or artichoke hearts to give this macaroni salad a Mediterranean vibe.
  • Cook up 4 to 6 strips of thick cut bacon, chop them up and serve on top of the macaroni salad for some extra flavor and crunch.
  • I use gluten-free elbow macaroni noodles, but you can go with your favorite macaroni noodles.
  • Swap the Greek yogurt for mayo.
  • Always feel free to ramp up the sea salt, vinegar, mustard, etc. to give the salad more flavor.

Healthier Macaroni Salad recipe with Greek yogurt dressing - mayo-free, flavorful and delicious!

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Enjoy this macaroni bliss!

Mayo-Free Macaroni Salad Recipe - simple ingredients, lots of flavor and a Greek yogurt dressing make this easy macaroni salad so refreshing!

Mayo-Free Macaroni Salad

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A refreshing Macaroni Salad with Greek Yogurt dressing is light and flavorful - marvelous to share at any gathering!

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup or cane sugar
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard or stone ground mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Drain into a colander and immediately run cold water over the noodles to help cool them down and to remove excess starch.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, add all of the ingredients for the dressing to a mixing bowl and stir together until well-combined.
  3. Add the chopped bell pepper, red onion, celery, dill pickles and chopped hard-boiled eggs and stir well.
  4. Transfer the cooked and cooled macaroni to the mixing bowl and stir everything together until combined.
  5. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste. If desired, add more vinegar and/or mustard.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 268Total Fat 11gCarbohydrates 34gNet Carbohydrates 32gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 7g
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