Easy Three Bean Zucchini “Macaroni” Salad

Easy Three Bean Zucchini “Macaroni” Salad

Is it just me or did Memorial Day creep up?

I swear it was just my birthday. It feels like yesterday that temperatures started to change from the 30s and 40s to 60s, 70s and 80s.

I don’t know how it happened, but this weekend is Memorial Day, which means the summer unofficially starts, the BBQs begin and pasta salads are in abundance.

Easy Three Bean Zucchini “Macaroni” Salad

Just in the nick of time, I have a pasta salad recipe for you (minus the pasta, of course.)

This easy three bean “macaroni” salad is the perfect addition to your Memorial Day weekend menu – and, it will impress your guests with the spiralized factor.

Easy Three Bean Zucchini “Macaroni” Salad

This pasta salad is called a “macaroni” salad, because it uses thick half-moon shaped “noodles” which mostly resemble macaroni. Plus, the shape of the noodles make it more servable to large groups of people.

To get that macaroni shape, you need to slice the zucchini lengthwise, only permeating through half of the vegetable (this is important, because if you spiralize more than halfway through, it won’t spiralize properly.)

This is what it should look like:


On Thursday, I’m going to do a roundup of Memorial Day recipes, for those of you who are happily hosting friend and family for this summer kickoff holiday! Stay tuned!

What are your favorite BBQ side dishes?

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 5 points


Easy Three Bean Zucchini “Macaroni” Salad
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Serves: 7 cups
  • For the salad:
  • 1 large zucchini or 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 orange bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ½ cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • For the dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Slice the zucchinis lengthwise halfway through. Then, spiralize them with Blade C. Toss the zucchini and the rest of the ingredients for the salad into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk together. Pour over the zucchini salad and toss thoroughly to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate for future use.

Easy Three Bean Zucchini “Macaroni” Salad

Easy Three Bean Zucchini “Macaroni” Salad


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  1. Yum! Perfect for lunch in the office. Thank you!

  2. Perfect for lunch in the office, lunch at home and a side dish for dinner. I think the family is reallly going to like this one.

  3. Oh wow this looks amazing and totally right up my alley!

    Her Heartland Soul

  4. Looks perfect, so does the bowl! Adorable!

  5. I’m attending a family reunion that is about 2 hours away from me. I’m thinking this would be an awesome dish to bring for our huge meal. It should travel well in my insulated bag with a couple ice blocks.

  6. How much is one serving? It says Serving: 7 cups. So, is it 1 cup per serving & it serves 7?

  7. Sounds yummy! We do not eat mustard–anything I could substitute to add flavor/replace the mustard? I bet this would also be good for dinner with some albacore canned tuna added.

    • Oh wow Peg! Thats a good idea adding the tuna. That would make for a really good lunch for work! Good thinking & sharing! & Ali, you never cease to amaze me w/your new techniques & recipes. You are the spiralizing queen! I bet no one had taken spiralizing to the level that you have. Neat macaroni idea!

  8. Side note- i’ve noticed a few times i will rate the recipe with 5 stars but then when i “post” or “submit” my comment it takes them away & doesnt show them. Anyone else having this issue?

  9. This was so easy o make and absolutely delicious! Also, the calorie count is reasonable and fits in with my healthy eating plan, which you inspired! I have lost 17 pounds eating more veggies than I ever thought I would! I am going to make this for a Memorial Day picnic because I know it will be a hit!

  10. I just got my inspiralizer about 2 weeks ago and have been too busy to play with it. But I have amassed alot of recipes to try! Quick question, how long does a salad like this keep? I have never really used raw zucchini in much and was curious if get brown or mushy.

  11. I made this with cucumber instead of zucchini and it was delicious! I’ve been putting it on top of lettuce for a quick lunch salad all week and sides with dinner. Love the tip about cutting the veg to make small noodles too!

  12. I’m visiting my son’s family for the holiday weekend. I can make this tasty looking recipe as a side dish. He has the veggie spiral machine too ! Perfect!

  13. i have a Palermo vegetable slicer that I have never used before. If I want to make this salad how do I know which blade to use?

  14. I tried to spiralize the cut zucchini but it keeps falling off. Any hints?

  15. Yum this sounds really delicious. I love trying new recipes from blogs. Thanks for sharing :-)


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