Gluten Free Dairy Free Macaroni Salad

by Living Freely Gluten Free
Gluten free dairy free macaroni salad is a recipe that you need to have on hand. This is the best gluten free macaroni salad recipe and I have been serving it for over 7 years now to friends and family that are not gluten or dairy free! I will also share with you the best gluten free pasta for macaroni salad too!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Macaroni Salad

bowl of macaroni salad

Two things that scream summer to me are some good gluten free potato salad and macaroni salad recipes. Let’s be honest, I quit macaroni salad after going gluten free and missed it. See, back then there weren’t many gf noodle options and I didn’t find gf macaroni for a while. 
This traditional macaroni salad is creamy and insanely easy to make with just a handful of easy ingredients. You will find yourself making it often because of how easy it is to make. 
When you are having a BBQ or summer gatherings this is always our favorite go-to side dish recipe because nobody will even notice that it is gluten free. 
One word of advice is to not tell anyone that this is gf if you can. Just watch silently with pleasure as people shove your food into their mouths. Then when they compliment how good it was, tell them it’s gluten free. 

How do I make the best gluten free macaroni salad

The ingredients you will need are…

  • gluten free Elbow Pasta
  • mayo- mayo is dairy free, but not vegan. You can easily make this vegan by using vegan mayo
  • sweet relish
  • diced onions
  • diced olives celery
  • green onions

To make this you will…

  • Boil and cook the noodles
  • While they are cooking prep everything and chop the veggies.
  • When the noodles are done drain them and transfer to large bowl. 
  • Add all of the ingredients and stir to combine well.
  • Serve right away warm or later cold. Store this in the fridge.

So the real question is what is best gluten free pasta for macaroni salad?

Gluten free pasta has come such a long way. There are several great options to choose from. Here are my favorites

All of these brands make great pasta. The Barilla is a mix of corn and rice. Jovial is all brown rice and Banza is a chickpea pasta. So dependending of your likes and needs one of these will be perfect for you. 

The best part is that this recipe really does taste like the macaroni salad you ate growing up. 
So, the real question is, are you team potato salad, or macaroni salad?
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Macaroni Salad

Easy and delicious gluten and dairy free macaroni salad is the perfect summer side dish

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free dairy free macaroni salad, gluten free macaroni salad, the best gluten free macaroni salad recipe
Servings 10
Calories 324 kcal


  • 2 cups of gluten free Elbow Pasta
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 TBSP. sweet relish
  • 2 TBSP. diced white onion
  • 1 2.25 ounce can of diced olives
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  • 3 green onions chopped


  1. Boil and cook the noodles according to package directions
  2. Chop the veggies while the noodles are cooking
  3. Once the pasta is done cooking drain it and put the noodles in a large bowl
  4. Add all of the chopped veggies, mayo and relish with the pasta and toss until well combined and serve hot or cold.
  5. Store in the fridge
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Dairy Free Macaroni Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 124IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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