Dr. Rachel’s Favorite Low-FODMAP Macaroni (Pasta) Salad; Gluten-free

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Summer would not be the same without a great macaroni salad recipe.

Macaroni Salad is the quintessential American summer side dish.  Squishy noodles mixed together with veggies, eggs, or cheese, in a creamy, tangy, somewhat sweet mayonnaise-based dressing.

I would not call this picnic staple ‘healthy’.  But it is DELICIOUS.

My low-FODMAP Macaroni Salad is teeming with bell pepper, sweet pickles, eggs and broccoli. Just for fun I also add shredded cheddar. It is my absolute favorite combination for this treat.

But you can make this low-FODMAP macaroni salad to your preference. If you like yours with cubed cheese instead of shredded, red bell peppers, grated carrots and canned drained peas, then go for it!

FODMAP fact: *Canned peas that are rinsed and drained are low-FODMAP in serves of 45g*

Note: The low-FODMAP diet is NOT a diet to lose weight.  You can enjoy foods like low-FODMAP macaroni salad in moderation.  Just be aware that fat can be a gut irritant and flare up IBS as well.  If you have trouble digesting high-fat meals, then adjust your consumption to your personal tolerance.

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Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD

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Although this recipe has not been LAB tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients, using available FODMAP data at time of posting

Serves: 6; About 1 cup per serving

Prep time: 15 min, plus chilling

Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 25 min, plus chilling


For Macaroni Salad:

  • 8 oz low-FODMAP, gluten-free macaroni noodles (227g)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic-infused oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet pickles (gherkins) (80g)
    • 75 g is one low-FODMAP serving, due to fructose
  • 3/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper (100g)
    • 75 g is one low-FODMAP serving, due to fructans
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped (40g)
    • 10 g is one low-FODMAP serving, due to mannitol
  • 2 large, hard-boiled eggs, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli heads (50 g)
    • 75 g is one low-FODMAP serving, due to fructose
  • 2 tablespoons green scallion tips (avoid the bulbs)
  • 3/4 cup (100g) shredded cheddar cheese

For Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup full fat mayonnaise
    • Avoid brands that contain high-fructose corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup lactose-free sour cream
    • Regular sour cream may also be used, 2 tablespoons is one low-FODMAP serving
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle juice from your jar of gherkins (20g)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (increase for a sweeter flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)


  • Prepare low-FODMAP, GF macaroni noodles according to package instructions in a pot of salted boiling water (about 7 minutes)
    • I usually make my GF pasta slightly firm (al-dente) for mixing with a sauce, but like it softer for a cold salad.  I find the GF pastas get chewy when left cold in the fridge after cooking
    • Experiment with your brand to get your preferred texture for the pasta
  • While cooking, mix your dressing.  In a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, lactose-free sour cream, vinegar, sweet pickle juice, sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper, and whisk well
  • Chop and prep your other ingredients
  • Once pasta is done, drain water, then run pasta under cool water to cool noodles
  • Place pasta in a large bowl and toss with your garlic infused olive oil to lubricate the noodles
  • Add chopped sweet pickles, bell pepper, celery, broccoli, scallion tips, and eggs then stir to combine
  • Pour dressing over your macaroni salad ingredients and toss until well-combined
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar over top
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour

Comments Rating 5 (3 reviews)

6 Responses

  1. macaroni salad

    Thanks for posting! Happened to be on your page last Sunday when I was trying to find something to bring to a potluck barbecue. This fit the bill and was so good I barely got to have some myself.

    1. Hi Tim,
      So glad to hear from you!! Thanks for posting your review. What a great thing to read, it made our day.


    This was gobbled up so fast I didn’t even get to try it! But I have had lots of requests to make it again!

    1. Happy to hear it was a hit, but you need to get some too 🙂
      Stay in touch Nicole!

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