The Best Healthy Gluten Free Macaroni Salad Recipe

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This is the best healthy macaroni salad recipe. In fact, my whole family loves it and you would never know that its also gluten free.

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Homemade Macaroni Salad Recipe 

  • 1 cup lentil pasta (measured dry) 
  • 1 carrot (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/2 vidalia onion (choppeded)
  • 1 celery stalk (sliced) 
  • 1/2 red bell pepper 
  • 1/4 cup mayo 
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard 
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Ingredients Tips:

Let’s gather our macaroni salad ingredients. This easy macaroni salad recipe is packed with vegetables making it both healthy and delicious.

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Im sure many have heard of chickpea pasta but I actually prefer lentil pasta for this healthy macaroni salad. This is the lentil pasta that I love and order online here: lentil pasta. When comparing the two, lentil pasta has the same amount of fiber and more protein than chickpea pasta. Yay! This is a fantastic alternative to those looking to avoid gluten and wheat products. 

To prep your vegetables for your homemade macaroni salad, use a vegetable peeler and peel the skin from the carrot. Next, go ahead and cut and dice your carrot, celery, onion and bell pepper.

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How to Make Gluten Free Macaroni Pasta Salad  

Cook your lentil pasta according the directions on the box. Then drain and rinse in cool water. I like to rinse in cool to speed up the process of lowering the temperature of the macaroni pasta.

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Once you drain and rinse your lentil macaroni go ahead and place it in a medium to large size bowl.

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Next, add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, and onion for your healthy macaroni salad.

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Since we are making this cold macaroni salad with mayo go ahead and add the mayo and dijon mustard to the bowl.

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Grab a spoon and gently mix your healthy macaroni salad with veggies together until well combined.

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Healthy Macaroni Salad Recipe 

Enjoy right away or pop in the fridge and serve later in the day. This easy macaroni salad recipe makes a great side dish to your BBQ or summer meals.

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My husband even said “wow, that’s really good” – just don’t tell him that its gluten free. 😉 This homemade macaroni salad is also a great way to sneak those vegetables into your family.

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What to Eat with Healthy Macaroni Salad

Need ideas as to what to eat with your healthy macaroni salad? Since this had become a family favorite and I find myself making it often we serve it with grilled pork chops.

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We also eat our macaroni pasta salad with grilled burgers, portabella mushroom caps and a little guacamole.

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Looking for more recipes using gluten free pasta? Check these out: Gluten Free Pasta Recipes

Printable Recipe

The Best Healthy Gluten Free Macaroni Salad Recipe

The Best Healthy Gluten Free Macaroni Salad Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The best healthy macaroni salad recipe packed with vegetables and made with lentil pasta. This simple macaroni salad is delicious and healthy.


  • 1 cup lentil pasta (measured dry) 
  • 1 carrot (peeled & sliced)
  • 1/2 vidalia onion (choppeded)
  • 1 celery stalk (sliced) 
  • 1/2 red bell pepper 
  • 1/4 cup mayo 
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard


  1. cook the lentil pasta accordig to the box instructions
  2. while pasta is cooking, cut and dice carrot, celery, red peper and onion
  3. when pasta is finished cooking, drain and rinse in cool water
  4. place pasta in bowl and add diced vegetables
  5. add mayo and dijon mustard
  6. mix to combine
  7. enjoy or place in fridge for later
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 8.1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 30.1mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 13.8gFiber: 2.4gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 5.3g

    nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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