Whether you follow a plant-based diet or are just looking for a dairy-free alternative, this creamy macaroni salad is the perfect dish for your next summer BBQ or weeknight meal. We kept the same components of a typical creamy macaroni salad–tender elbow pasta, crunchy celery, sweet bell pepper, a hint of mustard and splash of vinegar–but swapped in vegan mayonnaise and vegan sour cream. Everybody will go back for seconds.
Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Boil the pasta until al dente, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain well, then transfer to a bowl to cool completely.
Meanwhile, whisk together the vegan mayonnaise, vegan sour cream, vinegar, parsley, mustard powder, onion powder, 3/4 teaspoons salt and several grinds of black pepper in a medium bowl until smooth and combined. Cover the dressing and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Once the pasta is completely cool, fold in the dressing, celery, and peppers until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Most dry pasta is vegan but many fresh pastas are not so read the ingredients list carefully.
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