Time to Celebrate Summer Cookout Season With This No-Oil, Packed-With-Veggies, Macaroni Salad Recipe!
When you’re eating nutritarian, family gatherings can be (now, how can I put this diplomatically) challenging.
Well, consider yourself officially covered in the what-in-the-world-am-I-going-to-bring department!
Everyone loves macaroni salad–it’s an absolute picnic, cookout and Fourth of July staple that no one will refuse!
What your friends and family won’t realize is the nutrient bounty packed in this salad…
Nutrifying Macaroni Salad
Yeah, there’s a whole lot of plants in here!
- red onion
- red bell pepper
- yellow bell pepper
- diced jalapeno (if you like it hot)
There are 5 cups of chopped raw veggies packed into this pasta salad recipe! Plus another 1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds.
That’s a bonafide serving of phytonutrients that you usually won’t find in a SAD (Standard American Diet) macaroni salad recipe. Add to that a delicious oil-free, low-sodium, vegan mayo and we are making serious headway in the nutrification process!
But, what really sets this salad apart is the pasta.
Organic green lentil pasta made from one ingredient: organic green lentil flour. Yeah, that’s pretty much finely ground beans.
I use the Tolerant Organic Green Lentil Elbow Macaroni noodles that I buy at Whole Foods.
Is it pricey? Yes, at $6.99 per box, it most certainly is.
But for a once-in-a-while treat, why not? For other nutritarian pasta options read this article!
Make it Ahead–It Tastes Even Better the Next Day!
I have a prepping
The easier a recipe is to make and the longer it stores in the fridge only increases it’s value in my eyes!
That’s why this recipe is such a gem! You can chop all your veggies up to two nights before you serve this salad! I like to make the salad the night before I’m serving it so all the flavors can meld together.
As long as you make sure to cook your pasta al dente, the leftovers will last for up to 5 days in the fridge and still taste amazing (I had to eat quite a few batches of this recipe and you’ll soon see why)!
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My Macaroni Salad Evolution
This recipe is proof that nutrifying your favorite meals works!
See, I made a vegan version of recipe a few years ago, you can see it in the archives here. The only problem was it was made with vegan mayo (which is straight-up machine-whipped oil), a combination of white and wheat macaroni noodles, and plenty of salt.
Could I eat the vegan version and still conform to Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations? Sure, if I were following is 90/10 rule I could have a small portion of the vegan macaroni salad and it would fall under that 100-calories of low-nutrient foods.
But I don’t like little portions.
I’d rather stack my plate up with this nutritarian version and not skip a beat!
See, the whole no-calorie-counting thing is a major turn-on for me–I always say portion control is for the birds!
Nutritarian Macaroni Salad Recipe
Nutrify this favorite summer BBQ cookout classic with lots of raw veggies, lentil bean pasta and no-oil, low-sodium, vegan mayo!
- 3 cups green lentil pasta, cooked al dente (cooked amount in 12 ounce box)
- 1 1/2 cups No-Oil Mayo (link to recipe in instructions)
- 1 cup diced red onion
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 jalapeno, fine diced & most seeds removed (optional)
Prepare the No-Oil Mayo.
Cook the green lentil pasta to just before done (al dente). Drain and rinse with cold water, set aside.
Chop all your veggies. This step can be done the night before--just store the veggies in individual containers or baggies.
Add the chopped veggies, sunflower seeds and jalapeno to the reserved pasta and stir to combine.
Add the no-oil mayo and stir well to combine. Allow to sit in refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hours before serving, can be made the day before.
Store leftovers in a glass container, keeps well for up to 5 days.
Makes about 8 cups.
If you give this Nutritarian Macaroni Salad recipe a try, I’d love to hear what you think! Please leave a recipe rating and comment below!