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Vegan Beet Macaroni Salad in a serving bowl

Vegan Beet Macaroni Salad

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Cups 1x
  • Category: Salad, side
  • Diet: Vegan


Rich, creamy, and delicious, this Vegan Beet Macaroni Salad is the quintessential picnic side with a hint of sweet, earthy beet flavor!



Salad Ingredients:

  • 8 to 10 oz. dry elbow macaroni *
  • ¾ cup celery ribs, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, fine dice
  • ½ cup grated carrots

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (raw) cashews *
  • 4 small beets, cooked/canned *
  • 3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (+/-)
  • 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar (+/-)
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (+/-)
  • 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons yellow mustard (+/-) *
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons water *
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ to 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt (+/-) *

Other Optional Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup chopped beets, ¼ inch dice
  • Beet juice (from can of beets or from beet cooking water) *

Optional Toppings:

  • Chopped Beets, ¼ inch dice


  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions, rinse thoroughly with cold water (rinse until cold), shake off excess water, set aside to use in Step 3.
  2. In the meantime, place the cashews into a small bowl, cover with boiling water and allow to sit for 15 minutes, then drain off and discard the water. Place the soaked cashews into a high-speed blender along with all the remaining Dressing Ingredients.  Blend until smooth and emulsified.  Set aside.
  3. Place all the Salad Ingredients (including the cooked and cooled elbow macaroni) into a large bowl, mix to evenly distribute the ingredients.
  4. Pour the dressing over the mixture, gently toss. Taste test for flavor. Add more seasoning, if needed. Best if served immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used. 

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.   

*Serving:  5 to 6 (makes 6 cups)