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Are you craving for that famous KFC macaroni salad, but avoiding it because of the use of dairy? Worry not, because I have got a delicious solution for you! Here’s a copycat KFC macaroni salad recipe that is both dairy-free and gluten-free that will satisfy your taste buds. This recipe has all the flavors of the original KFC macaroni salad without any milk-based products giving you a scrumptious and healthy option to try out.

This easy to follow recipe is perfect for those with strict dietary restrictions or those looking for healthier options in their daily meals. Whether you’re hosting a party, grilling some chicken tenders, popcorn chicken or just in need of a side dish, this salad can be a great addition to your table.

So, let’s grab our ingredients and get started on creating this delicious Vegan KFC-inspired macaroni salad.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Kfc Macaroni Salad - Dairy Free
Kfc Macaroni Salad – Dairy Free

If you’re looking for a versatile and flavorful pasta salad recipe that’s both dairy-free and gluten-free, then this healthy KFC macaroni salad is perfect for you! As a nutritionist, I strongly encourage healthy eating habits, and this recipe is a great way to enjoy your favorite food without feeling guilty.

This delicious copycat KFC macaroni salad is the perfect side dish for fried chicken, chicken tenders, or popcorn chicken but it can also stand on its own as a light lunch or snack. Made with elbow macaroni, diced celery, carrots, sweet pickles, and onions – this macaroni salad is packed with fresh and crunchy vegetables making it a nutritious choice while also meeting dietary restrictions.

You’ll also love how easy it is to prepare this recipe. With ingredients that are easily found in your pantry or local grocery store, you can make this macaroni salad in no time! The dressing is equally simple to create and uses fat-free mayonnaise along with other seasonings that offer a creamy yet tangy flavor profile without the dairy.

What’s more? This recipe can also be customized based on personal preferences or dietary restrictions. You can opt to use gluten-free pasta or even add some protein by tossing in some cooked shrimp or chicken chunks. You can also lower the sugar content if you prefer savory flavors by using less sweet pickles or eliminating sugar altogether without sacrificing taste.

Overall, it’s simply one of the best vegetable salads on a KFC menu prepared in Filipino style. From its amazing taste to its ease of preparation and versatility, there are countless reasons why you’ll love making this healthy and nutritious KFC Macaroni Salad in your own kitchen!

Ingredient List

 Creamy and delicious without any dairy!
Creamy and delicious without any dairy!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients we need for this delicious KFC Macaroni Salad:

  • 1 pound of Elbow Macaroni (gluten-free)
  • 2 ribs of Celery, finely minced
  • 1 large Carrot, thinly diced
  • 1/4 cup of Onion, minced
  • 1/3 cup of Sweet Pickles, copycat KFC (dairy-free)
  • 1 tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Dry Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Black Pepper
  • 3/4 cup of Fat-Free Mayonnaise (dairy-free)
  • 3/4 cup of Fat-Free Miracle Whip (dairy-free)

This recipe uses some healthy substitutions for traditional macaroni salad ingredients. Starting with gluten-free pasta and low-fat or fat-free mayonnaise, plus using KFC copycat sweet pickles that are dairy-free. The onion and celery will add great texture to this dish, while the dry mustard and black pepper give the salad a zesty flavor.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect BBQ side dish.
The perfect BBQ side dish.

Now that we’ve gone through the ingredient list, it’s time to delve into the recipe how-to. Prepare yourself for a mouth-watering experience as we mix these ingredients up to create a delectable salad.

Step 1: Preparing the Macaroni

We’ll start with boiling 8 ounces elbow macaroni in generously salted water. Cook it for approximately 8-10 minutes or until it’s completely tender. Rinse the macaroni in cool water, drain and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Mixing In the Vegetables

Now that the macaroni is cooked and drained, let’s add some crunch to our salad. Add diced 1 celery, minced 1/4 onion, diced 1/4 cup carrots, and finely minced 1 green onion into the mixing bowl with the macaroni.

Step 3: Adding Pickles

KFC Macaroni Salad cannot be complete without some tanginess from the pickles. Add chopped 1/3 cup sweet pickles into the mixing bowl of vegetables and macaroni.

Step 4: Adding Seasonings

In a separate bowl, mix together 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise and 1/2 cup fat-free Miracle Whip. Stir in 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 tablespoon dry mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Once you have mixed these seasonings together, add them to your large mixing bowl of vegetables and macaroni.

Step 5: Mix Them All Up

Mix all ingredients well using a spatula or wooden spoon to ensure that all ingredients are evenly coated with dressing. Once everything is mixed, chill the salad for an hour in your refrigerator so that all flavors blend together seamlessly.

There it is! Your very own KFC Macaroni Salad, dairy-free, gluten-free, and completely vegan. Go ahead and test it out for yourself and you’ll realize that you can have all the amazing taste of KFC’s Macaroni Salad right in your own home without having to leave your house!

Note: You can also add chicken tenders or popcorn chicken on top of your salad to make a complete meal.

Substitutions and Variations

 Tangy and savory - this salad has it all.
Tangy and savory – this salad has it all.

Are you looking for ways to make this KFC macaroni salad recipe even more delicious and customizable? Look no further!

– Gluten-Free: For those with gluten sensitivities, it’s easy to make this recipe gluten-free by simply swapping out the regular elbow macaroni for gluten-free pasta.

– Dairy-Free: This KFC macaroni salad is already dairy-free, but if you’d like to add some cheesy flavor to your salad, try a vegan cheese alternative instead.

– Healthier Options: If you’re looking for a healthier version of this recipe, consider using less sugar or a sugar substitute, such as Stevia. You can also swap out the fat-free mayonnaise and Miracle Whip for a lighter option or use Greek yogurt as a creamy base instead.

– Add Some Protein: To make this a complete meal, try adding some protein. You can top your macaroni salad with chicken tenders or popcorn chicken, both of which complement the flavor of the macaroni salad perfectly.

– Filipino Style: For a Filipino twist on this recipe, add in diced pineapple and some raisins. This combination creates a sweet and savory Filipino-style macaroni salad that is perfect for any occasion.

– Add More Vegetables: Want to pack in more vegetables? Try adding some broccoli, diced bell peppers or even chopped spinach to your macaroni salad. These colorful additions will not only add flavor but also boost the nutritional value of your dish.

With these simple substitutes and variations, you can create a unique version of this classic KFC macaroni salad that meets all of your dietary needs and preferences. Get creative in the kitchen and enjoy!

Serving and Pairing

 Colorful and full of flavor!
Colorful and full of flavor!

Now that you’ve prepared this mouth-watering KFC Macaroni Salad, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair it. This creamy salad is a perfect side dish for your BBQ or picnic spread. It goes well with fried chicken, chicken tenders, popcorn chicken, or even as a side for a vegan KFC-style meal with mock chicken or tofu.

You can also pair this macaroni salad with other dishes like grilled vegetables or a vegetable stir-fry to balance out the richness and creaminess of the pasta. If you want to make it into a full meal, try adding some diced grilled chicken or shrimp.

For those who love Filipino macaroni salad, you can adapt this copycat KFC recipe to make a Filipino-style macaroni salad by adding cubed ham, cheese, and more sweet pickles.

If you’re hosting a gluten-free and dairy-free menu, this vegan macaroni salad recipe is an excellent addition that will please everyone’s taste buds. You can also opt for gluten-free pasta for an extra twist.

Overall, this KFC Macaroni Salad is so versatile that you can pair it with any dish or style of cooking. Be creative and serve it as part of your unique creation or order online to find KFC near you. The flavors in each bite will surely be a hit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A crowd-pleaser for any occasion.
A crowd-pleaser for any occasion.

Making the KFC Macaroni Salad ahead of time is a great way to save on meal prep time. This dish can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When it’s time to serve, simply give it a good stir before placing it on the table.

Storing leftover KFC Macaroni Salad is also a breeze. As with any food item, leftovers should be refrigerated promptly. Stored properly, this macaroni salad will last for up to 5 days without losing its flavor or texture. Avoid leaving the macaroni salad out at room temperature for an extended period, as this can promote bacterial growth and spoilage.

Reheating KFC Macaroni Salad is not recommended, as it tends to dry out when reheated. If you have leftovers that need to be warmed up, try adding a few splashes of low-fat milk or almond milk to the dish and stirring well. This should help loosen up the pasta and restore some moisture.

Overall, the KFC Macaroni Salad is an easy-to-make dish that can be enjoyed as a side dish or a main course all year round. Experiment with different variations and add-ins to make it your own signature recipe. Whether you’re making this salad ahead of time, grilling chicken tenders or serving popcorn chicken from their gluten-free menu, or even preparing Filipino-style macaroni salad, this classic recipe will always be a crowd-pleaser.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Healthy and indulgent at the same time.
Healthy and indulgent at the same time.

When it comes to making the perfect KFC Macaroni Salad, a few tips can go a long way. In this section, I am going to provide you with some valuable tips that will help you achieve the best results.

Firstly, make sure to cook the elbow macaroni in salted water for around 10-12 minutes or until al dente. It is important not to overcook the pasta, as it can result in a mushy macaroni salad. Additionally, rinsing the pasta with cold water will prevent it from continuing to cook and stop the starch from making it sticky.

The dry mustard and black pepper should be added to suit your taste buds. Start by adding small amounts and keep tasting until you reach your desired level of spiciness.

To make this recipe dairy-free, use fat-free mayonnaise and fat-free Miracle Whip instead of regular mayonnaise which contains dairy ingredients such as eggs. This will ensure that your macaroni salad remains light and fresh.

Adding diced celery, onion, and carrots not only makes this dish colorful but also gives it a nice crunch. Make sure to chop them uniformly for even distribution throughout your macaroni salad.

If you are looking to add a bit more sweetness to your macaroni salad, consider adding sweet pickles minced finely or raisins for natural sugar. Be mindful when adding these ingredients since they should complement the other flavors rather than overpower them.

Lastly, refrigerate the KFC Macaroni Salad for over an hour before serving to allow all of the flavors to meld together giving you that iconic KFC-style taste that we all love!

By following these tips, you will be able to easily prepare a delicious, gluten-free and dairy-free recipe everyone will enjoy – just like ordering it at KFC!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this dairy-free and gluten-free KFC Macaroni Salad recipe is not only delicious but also a healthy alternative to the original version. With simple substitutions like fat-free mayonnaise and Miracle Whip, this macaroni salad has all the flavor without any of the guilt. The ample amount of veggies in this vegetable salad makes it a deliciously nutritious side dish that pairs perfectly with fried chicken, chicken tenders or even popcorn chicken.

For those with dietary restrictions, you no longer have to look for gluten-free KFC items on their menu or order online to find a dairy-free alternative. You can now enjoy this copycat KFC macaroni salad in the comfort of your home just by following these easy recipe instructions.

Not only is it cost-effective to prepare meals at home, but cooking allows us to have control over what we eat and how we choose to fuel our bodies. I hope you give this vegan KFC-style macaroni salad recipe a try and discover just how fantastic it tastes!

Kfc Macaroni Salad - Dairy Free

Kfc Macaroni Salad - Dairy Free Recipe

KFC copycat recipe.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 215.9 kcal


  • 1 (7 ounce) box elbow macaroni, cooked
  • 2 stalks celery, minced fine
  • 1 tablespoon instant minced onion
  • 1/3 cup diced sweet gherkin
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste


  • Combine everything just as listed.
  • Refrigerate salad tightly covered several hours before serving.

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Serving: 144gCalories: 215.9kcalCarbohydrates: 42.6gProtein: 5gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 0.6gCholesterol: 7.9mgSodium: 814.8mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 11.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dairy Free, Easy
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