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Macaroni Salad ~ Gluten-Free and Vegetarian

 This is your basic macaroni salad…nothing fancy, just good old-fashioned taste.  This salad can be made gluten-free as well, substitute your macaroni for gluten-free and check the label of your dressing. Miracle Whip is gluten-free and lactose-free.

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Add some crumbled bacon or sliced olives for variety and pizazz. This is how we love it!

Even though this macaroni salad is a perfect summertime side dish, don’t hesitate to enjoy it all year long.

Looking for a lighter recipe?
~ use a low-fat dressing and skip the olives and bacon.

To Make Macaroni Salad You Will Need These Ingredients:

  • Elbow macaroni, gluten-free if needed
  • Boiled eggs
  • Green onions
  • Sweet pickles
  • Sliced black olives – optional ~ not shown in picture
  • Crumbled bacon – optional ~ omit for vegetarians
  • Miracle Whip or any store-brand dressing. Vegenaise or Best Foods Vegan Dressing and Sandwich Spread is also an option.
  • Mustard
  • Celery seed
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sweet pickle juice ~ straight from the jar of pickles.

Remember, if you take this along to a picnic it must stay cold in a cooler, and don’t leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours.


Old Fashioned Potato Salad is another fantastic side for grilled meats and barbecues.

Macaroni Salad
 ~ Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options

This is an easy recipe for a flavorful macaroni salad with allergy-friendly and vegetarian options.
Course: Brunch, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: allergy-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, macaroni salad, no nuts, vegetarian recipe
Author: Mary Krick


  • 3 cups Elbow macaroni ~ gluten-free if needed
  • 7 large Boiled eggs ~ chopped
  • 1/2 cup Chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup Sweet pickles ~ chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sliced black olives – optional
  • 1/3 cup Cooked bacon, crumbled ~ omit for non-vegetarians
  • 2 cups Miracle Whip or any store brand dressing ~ Vegenaise is an option for vegetarians.
  • 2 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Celery seed
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 4 tsp Sweet pickle juice ~ right from the jar of pickles


  • Cook elbow macaroni for about 11 minutes, or follow package directions.
  • Drain and rinse pasta with cold water. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix Miracle Whip, mustard, celery seed, salt, pepper, and pickle juice. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl add completely cooled macaroni, eggs, green onions, sweet pickles, and optional olives.
  • Stir in the dressing and mix well. Add optional bacon - reserving a little to sprinkle over top.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  • Remember if you take this along to a picnic, it must stay cold in a cooler and don't leave it at room temperature for more than 2 hours

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