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Vegan Macaroni Salad

Vegan Macaroni Salad is a crowd pleaser! This vegan macaroni salad is packed with colorful and flavorful veggies. You will love the crunch and the creaminess this macaroni salad brings to the table! Naturally gluten free, dairy free and nut free, just use vegan mayo to make this dish vegan!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan macaroni salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 10 serving
Calories 346kcal
Author Cindy Gordon | Vegetarian Mamma

Ingredients

  • 6 cups macaroni pasta cooked
  • 1 can red beans 15.5 oz can, drained and rinsed
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 3 green onions slied
  • 1 bell pepper orange, diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup corn fresh or frozen
  • cup cilantro fresh
  • 1 cup sour cream vegan
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime juiced (about 2 T)

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the packaging instructions. Once the pasta is cooked, rinse and drain it under cold water.
  • Wash and prepare all your vegetables. Add cooked pasta and vegetables to a bowl and stir.
    creamy macaroni salad with red, purple and green vegetables in it with wooden spoon in bowl
  • Then add in the sour cream mixture to the bowl.
    scoop of vegan sour cream on stop ocreamy macaroni salad with red, purple and green vegetables in it
  • Next add in the salsa to the pasta mixture.
    scoop of salsa on top of creamy macaroni salad with red, purple and green vegetables in it
  • Finally, add in the spices. Mix well to combine everything.
  • You can let the vegan macaroni salad sit in the fridge for 1 hour to develop the flavor even more.

Notes

  • Want to load up this vegan macaroni salad even more? Here are some ideas of additional ingredients you can add in: beans (garbanzo or white bean), vegan bacon bits, thinly sliced radishes, a dollop of pickle relish, diced cucumber and of course some vegan cheese!
  • If you are using gluten-free pasta, it is best to use a brand like Jovial. It seems to hold up the best in pasta salad situations. It is also best to make it the "day of" if you are using GF pasta.
  • Rise your pasta. When making a cold pasta salad, it’s better to rinse the pasta; this will stop the cooking, speed up the cooling and remove the excess starch, which could risk sticking the pasta to the other ingredients.
  • This vegan macaroni salad should keep for a couple of days in the fridge. If you are using gf pasta that timeline may be shorter, it can get mushy. I like to let mine sit about 2 hours to let the flavors come together before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 465mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 862IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg