Vegan Macaroni Salad

Quick and easy recipe for Vegan Macaroni Salad, perfect for summertime backyard cookout or your next potluck!

Vegan Macaroni Salad

This Vegan Macaroni Salad is always a hit at my gatherings. It is my go to recipe when I’m serving a  large group of friends and family.  Use your favorite veggies or what you have on hand such as carrot, zucchini, yellow squash, peas, tomatoes etc. I used my own nut mayonnaise recipe, but you may use Vegenaise if you prefer. I like this mayonnaise recipe because it is oil free and super creamy.


  • 8 ounces Elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise or (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced (or pimiento peppers)
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, halved
  • 2 scallion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • sea salt to taste (optional)
  • vegan cheddar cheese, cubed (optional)
  • Cashew Mayonnaise
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup cashews
    • 1/2 cup soy, rice, or almond milk
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca starch
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 clove garlic


Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water, set aside. Mix remaining ingredients together. Enjoy!

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Cashew Mayonnaise:  Blend water, cashews, milk, starch lemon juice, onion, garlic, and salt until creamy. Pour in a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, cook stirring until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in refrigerator. Use in place of mayo in your favorite recipes.

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  1. I am making this for my sons 2nd birthday party tomorrow. I used store bought vegan mayo. I will try yours at a later time for sure. This macaroni salad is ah-mazing!!! Thank you so much!! I’m not gonna tell the guests it’s vegan unless asked. Tastes just like regular if not better

  2. Linda @ Veganosity

    This reminds me of the pasta salad that my mom made when I was a kid. I loved the mayo sauce. This looks great, and it’s so much healthier.

  3. Kelly @ TastingPage

    Love that cashew mayo because hate and don’t eat regular mayo. So many great options for that…like this beautiful salad!

  4. How tasty does that look?? I’m sure this would be a winner at our next bbq! Thanks for the inspiration :D

  5. This is perfect indeed for Memorial Day. I can’t wait to try making my own vegan mayo, sounds yummy!

  6. Anjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy

    Oh it’s been AWHILE since I’ve had a great vegan macaroni salad…I need to pin this to try later! Great recipe!

  7. Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite

    I love macaroni salad! It’s the perfect time of year to break out these good picnic type recipes. I make my “mayo” with cashews as well, I’m not a real mayo fan and never was so this version is way more up my alley!

  8. I love creamy pasta salads! I am definitely going to try that nut based mayo! It looks like the real deal. I usually resort to buying Vegenaise, but I love the idea of making my own instead.

  9. This recipe is amazing! I love to cook, but have never tried making a vegan dish before. Personally, I am not vegan, but I was going to a potluck with a few vegan families.
    This salad was a huge hit! I doubled the batch and it was all gone! It received so many compliments, and as my first attempt, I was feeling pretty good about it :)
    Even my eight year old daughter, the biggest carnivore I’ve ever met!) LOVED it! Bookmarked it right away and I can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for sharing! Definitely a lot easier than anticipated!

  10. I made this tonight and it was very delicious! Thanks for posting! I substituted olives with capers and added some sugar (i like it a little sweet).

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  12. Oh Susan thank you so much for the correction. I meant oil free. I will go ahead and edit it from the notes. I’m so sorry to hear about your condition and know its must be challenging to maintain a fat free diet. I hope that some of my recipes will help. It so much easier to digest nuts when they are soaked for at least 4 hours.

  13. Michelle, your recipes are wonderful! Thank you for sharing! As someone who has to adhere to a fat free diet due to a genetic pancreas disorder, I have to correct you when you write that the cashew mayo is fat free. According to your recipe as stated above, your mayo will actually have well over 60 grams of fat in it. Cashews have a very high fat content. Be careful when stating “fat free.”

    However, I’m sure it’s quite tasty and perfectly healthy for the average person! I will definitely make this for a church potluck. :)

    Do you soak your cashews before blending them to soften them a bit, or is that unnecessary?

  14. Very excited to try the cashew mayo recipe! Definitely sounds different. I’m just getting into vegan recipes and I haven’t tried Veganaise yet. Your cashew version sounds much more appetizing.

  15. Thank you very much, I have never used stock photos for my recipes. I’m still learning photography by trial and error. The key to smooth sauces is to use a high speed blender such as Blentec or to blend the sauce repeatedly until the desired texture is reached.

  16. This looks great, and the mayo, well, it looks stupendous. That is not a stock photo is it? You took it, right? It looks so smooth and wonderful. Looking forward to trying.
    THanks so much!

  17. This looks yummy. I am going to make your vegan mayo recipe. I usually buy one from the healthfood store in the cold section made with grapeseed oil. I like that your isn’t made with tofu. Happy Wednesday!

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