Recipes for Summer: Gluten Free Macaroni Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad

This weekend I went to a really fun housewarming party hosted by a fellow graduate student. She had just moved to Berkeley with her sister, and wanted to show off their super-cool new city-style apartment. I was looking forward to the party, but wasn’t too sure if there would be anything I could eat or not. One of my cohorts was making cupcakes, so I thought maybe I’d make some gluten-free, vegan brownies to share with everyone. I followed Karina’s tips on using Pamela’s gluten-free brownie mix and baked up a batch. I had used almond milk to bake them, and I usually use either rice milk or soy milk. I was a little disappointed in the final results (probably because I don’t actually LIKE almond milk) and so at the last minute I decided not to bring them to the party. But, I had to bring something, right? As it happened, I had randomly decided to boil some eggs that afternoon. I rummaged in the cupboards looking for something I could make, and came across some Ener-g foods white rice pasta. I decided to make it, and then I had a sudden inspiration. I always used to love heavy American salads like potato and macaroni salad on special occasions when I was a kid. It had been years since I had macaroni salad- but it occurred to me that I could mix up a quick batch of the pasta salad using my noodles. Then I would have a main dish to enjoy at the party, and surely everybody would enjoy a nice macaroni salad. I did some internet browsing and was inspired to come up with the following recipe. I did a quick taste test and enlisted the DH to try some too. We both thought it was really yum, so it was settled. I threw the pasta salad in the car and went to the party. It turned out to be a pizza party (oops!). Luckily there was plenty of time before the party, so when we were at the store picking up some things for the hostess, I grabbed one of Amy’s Gluten-free, dairy free spinach pizzas. Luckily since the pizza was ordered in, no one needed the oven and it was fine if I used it to make my own pizza. To make sure there weren’t any CC issues, I lined their cookie sheet with aluminum foil and baked my pizza. Twenty minutes later, I had my own pizza to enjoy along with everybody else. :)

In case you’re wondering, to combat the possibility of CC, I waited until there was a lull in the gluten pizza chomping and then asked if people wanted macaroni salad, and then dished out everybody’s individual servings. There wasn’t any counter room anyway, so it worked great. I was really happy because it seemed like everyone loved the salad. My favorite comment was “Wow, it tastes like summer.” One of the guests’ family apparently always makes macaroni salad during family vacations in the summer, so it reminded her of that. I don’t know when I’ve ever heard a nicer compliment. Anyway, the next time YOU feel like an “all-American” summer classic, why not try this simple and satisfying pasta salad recipe?

*By the way, I was completely touched when we went to pick up my cupcake-making friend for the party. She had made tons of beautiful gluten-filled cupcakes, but also had a little white box for me decorated with stickers from Japan. Inside were two delicious-looking, individually wrapped and labeled Gluten-Free Brownies by Wow, a gluten-free company I’d never heard of before. She knows about my gluten-intolerance and had thoughtfully gone to a local gourmet grocery store and asked about gluten-free desserts. She even thought about CC, so carefully picked out a sealed product made by a gluten-free company. Even better- the brownie turned out to be absolutely delicious, and rivaled Mariposa’s finest. Isn’t that the coolest thing ever? What cool stories do you have about thoughtful friends who make being gluten-free easier? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments…

Summery Macaroni Salad Recipe
4 cups cooked GF white rice or corn macaroni, slightly al dente, rinsed and drained (2 cups uncooked, half a 16 oz box of Ener-g Foods macaroni)
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced in half with yolks removed
1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for at least 5 minutes, and drained
1/3 any of your favorite crunchy veggies (red pepper, green pepper, jicama, or cooked peas) minced *optional
1/2 cup prepared lowfat GF mayonnaise
1 or 2 tsp prepared GF mustard (I like Annie’s horseradish mustard)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Boil eggs, Prepare your pasta and other ingredients. Start the minced onion soaking in water to take off the edge. Meanwhile, stir all your dressing ingredients in a small bowl (mayo, mustard, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper if you like). Add your hard boiled egg yolks and mush them into the dressing. Chop the remaining white parts of the egg. Put your rinsed, drained pasta in a large bowl, and add your egg white bits, drained minced red onion (you can reduce amount if you want a milder salad), and crunchy veggie bits. Mix thoroughly. Drizzle dressing over the salad, folding the ingredients together until it is evenly covered. You can let sit in a refrigerator for a few hours if you want the flavors to develop, or enjoy right away. Mmm, tasty.

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12 Responses to “Recipes for Summer: Gluten Free Macaroni Salad Recipe”

  1. oo, that looks super yummy. I will have to get out my mom’s old macaroni tuna salad recipe and adapt that for gf (and a lot less fat) and post it. Yours looks super yummy! My favourite ‘friends cooking gf for me’ moment was last year, when I went back to madison to visit, and they had a barbecue where *everything* was gluten free. I was touched and stunned and just felt so loved.

  2. Hi Gaile! Mmm, sounds good! Why don’t you let me know when you post it, and I’ll add the link to this post. We could have a “retro recipes for summer” thread. :)

    That barbecue sounds really fun. How nice of your friends to do that for you. (And I bet no one missed the gluten!)


  3. Aww, your friend sounds like a real keeper. It is really touching when a friend or family member takes the time to scope out what’s involved in feeding you. It’s so nurturing! My friend Tina is an engineer and she goes way out of her way to make sure that Dan has a gluten-free something to eat whenever we get together with our circle of friends. She usually brings two different gluten-free items and looks upon the cooking as just another problem-solving challenge, as engineers naturally do. I love Tina! Tell your friend she’s great from me!


  4. OO, i love the retro recipes for summer idea! I made a fabulous potato salad a few weeks ago that I am also finalizing, and could post as well. Oh, and last year I worked out homemade barbecue sauce that was great! now if we could just come up with a gluten and dairy free ambrosia salad! :)

  5. wow..that bowl looks wonderful..very nice pictures!

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  7. I’m sorry the brownies didn’t turn out using almond milk. For Pamela’s, I like to use coffee.

    Funny- I’m finding now that I’m baking vegan, my gluten-free recipes turn out better using water or coffee as the liquid, rather than one of the alternative milks. I’ve no idea why. Funny, eh? ;)

  8. Coffee! What a good idea, and just my style. I’ll have to remember that…


  9. My mom has an ambrosia that I have made dairy free. The salad has apples,banana,pinapple,mandarin oranges in whatever ratio suits your taste. Instead of sour cream, I use soy yogurt. Vanilla or strawberry, plain would be good too but I can’t usually find it. Mix it all together and add mini marshmallows. You can add coconut too if you like. I love it and it let’s me keep some “yum” from when I was a kid

  10. Well this is the second time I was directed to your blog from searching for GF recipes on Google! I loved your twice-baked potato recipe, so I have confidence that I will like your macaroni salad as well! I am going to try making this this weekend. :)

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  12. I made macaroni salad also, using similar recipe, and it was very good. However, the next day we tried to eat some of the leftover salad, but it was very hard and chewy. I added more dressing. but it didn’t help. Can anyone give ideas as to what happened?

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