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Low FODMAP & Gluten Free Macaroni Slaw


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Classic Macaroni Salad Meets Coleslaw

This recipe for Macaroni Slaw came about when I couldn’t decide whether to make classic macaroni salad, or traditional coleslaw. Then it occurred to me that they both feature a creamy mayonnaise dressing and – well, I thought, why not do a mash-up?!

Macaroni slaw in a green bowl on a black quartz background with spoon alongside

This Macaroni Slaw has so much going for it – chewy, toothsome rice-based elbow pasta, crunchy, fresh shredded cabbage, carrots, celery and bell pepper and a tangy, creamy dressing based on mayonnaise and lactose-free sour cream. Perfect alongside burgers or dogs.

Make this for your next cookout and watch everyone – FODMAPers and non- dive in.

closeup of macaroni slaw in a green bowl

Choose Your Pasta

There are many gluten-free low FODMAP pastas from which to choose. We usually use rice flour based pastas and for this dish, the classic elbow “macaroni” shape is perfect. Make sure to cook them just until al dente or they will be too mushy for a salad.

closeup of macaroni slaw in a green bowl
5 from 4 votes

Macaroni Slaw

This Macaroni Slaw is a mash-up of classic macaroni salad and coleslaw with a creamy dressing to tie it all together.

Makes: 14 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 12 ounces (340 g) low FODMAP gluten-free elbow pasta, cooked al dente, drained and cooled
  • 8 ounces (225 g) green cabbage, shredded
  • 8 ounces (225 g) red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 medium carrots, scrubbed, root end trimmed, shredded
  • 2 medium stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup (16 g) finely chopped scallions, green parts only
  • 1 cup (226 g) mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) lactose-free sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Stir together the drained and cooled pasta, both cabbage, the shredded carrot, diced celery and bell pepper and chopped scallions in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar, sour cream, sugar and celery seed. Taste and adjust seasoning, if you like, with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the pasta and vegetables and fold together until well combined. Salad is ready to serve but actually improves if let to sit for at least 1 hour for flavors to meld. Salad can be refrigerated overnight in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving - or at the most serve it just lightly chilled. Salad can keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

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  • This makes “just” enough dressing. You could increase the dressing by .25, if you like it creamier.
Course: lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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