It’s really no joke, this gluten-free macaroni salad is by far my FAVORITE macaroni salad in the world. Nothing ever compares to this for me; every so often throughout the year I whip up a batch and it literally makes my mouth water. I hosted a baby shower this weekend and I made this macaroni salad for it.
Needless-to-say, it was a hit!
Again, I like easy and this recipe is easy! I can whip it up really quickly and it can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for any event.
Gluten-Free Macaroni Salad
- 1 pound gluten-free macaroni pasta, such as brown rice or quinoa (where to buy)
- 1 cup homemade mayonnaise (how to make homemade mayonnaise)
- 1 cup homemade ranch dressing (such a from Kristen’s book “Simply Salads by Season“)
- 1 small organic onion, diced small
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (where to buy)
- 1/2 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar (where to buy)
- 1/2 teaspoon organic dried tarragon
- 1 teaspoon organic dried sweet basil
- 1 teaspoon organic dried parsley
- salt & pepper to taste
1. Prepare the gluten free pasta until al dente (it will have a slight “bite” to it), this way the pasta can absorb the macaroni salad dressing without getting overly mushy. Once the gluten free pasta reaches al dente during cooking, remove from the heat, drain the pasta, and rinse well with cold water. Let the pasta drain while you prepare the dressing.
2. To make the dressing: all you did is add the mayo, ranch dressing, onion, vinegar, tarragon, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper in a big bowl and mix very well until incorporated.
3. Add the drained pasta to the dressing and mix well until all the noodles are coated. Let sit in the fridge at least 2 to 3 hours before serving.
4. Enjoy! This Gluten Free Macroni Salad is sure to please.
I know we are taught to properly prepare our grains prior to eating them. How does this work with gluten free pastas?
Kristen Michaelis says
Rice is the only grain I’m comfortable cooking without sprouting or soaking, and that’s because it’s very easy to digest and low in the anti-nutrients commonly found in most grains.
Rhonda Lynn says
Do you not provide the recipe for the ranch dressing? You said you thought it “made” the salad so it would be nice to be able to make it as you did.
Kristen Michaelis says
Sorry about that. The recipe is buried in the sample for that salad ebook.
It’s also online here:
I ordered your Simply Salad Cookebook but did not realize that it was an e.book. I do not do e.books. How do I get a hard copy of it mailed to me? Annie
Joy Bell via Facebook says
I live food renegade. You have taught me soon much. Thank you ever so much