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Macaroni Salad with Lentil Quesadillas

40 min


10 ingredients or less

This filling macaroni salad has a refreshing yogurt-based dressing and the lentil quesadillas are simple and flavourful - especially delicious when served with some salsa. This is the perfect picnic lunch!



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Macaroni salad

  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup (122 g)
    dry whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 cup (134 g)
    frozen green peas
  • 1
    carrot, shredded
  • ¾ cup (180 mL)
    unsweetened soy yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp (20 g)
    minced onion (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp (16 g)
  • ½
    vegetable bouillon cube, crumbled

Lentil quesadilla

  • 1 cup (192 g)
    dry green lentils , rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    canned crushed tomatoes (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp (16 g)
  • 4
    large (25 cm) tortilla wraps
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil

Optional garnishes

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  1. In a saucepan, cook the lentils according to the package instruction.
  2. In a large pot, cook the macaroni according to the package instructions. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the green peas.
  3. When the pasta is al dente, drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  4. To the same bowl, add the shredded carrot, yogurt, onion, burrito seasoning, crushed bouillon cube, and pepper. Mix to combine.
  5. To make the quesadillas, check to ensure the lentils are fully cooked. When they are soft through into the centre, drain and let all excess liquid drip out.
  6. Transfer the drained lentils to a large bowl, along with the crushed tomato, and burrito spice. Use a fork or potato masher to mash until roughly pureed.
  7. Spread the lentil mixture over each half of the tortilla wraps. Fold in half.
  8. Heat half of the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Place two of the quesadillas in the pan and cook for 1 - 2 minutes or until golden. Flip and cook until the second side is golden. Transfer to a plate and add the remaining oil and repeat with the other quesadillas.
  9. To make the quick salsa, add the tomatoes, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper to a bowl and mix until combined.
  10. Cut the quesadillas into triangles and serve with the salsa and macaroni salad. Enjoy!


  • Store the macaroni salad and quesadillas separately in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Grains 48%

dry whole wheat macaroni

large (25 cm) tortilla wrap

Proteins 43%

frozen green peas

unsweetened soy yogurt

dry green lentils

Fruits & Veggies 9%


minced onion

canned crushed tomatoes


unsweetened soy yogurt


vegetable oil

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Katy - Sept. 21, 2021, 10:29 a.m.

I think I'll have to give this recipe another try! Macaroni salad came out delicious, I added sour cream instead of yogurt to use it up. As for lentil quesadillas, that's when I had a little trouble :) so I cooked lentils according to package instructions which said to cook them in salted water. Now according to the recipe, lentils are mixed with burrito spice mix OR Mexican seasoning later which also contains salt (at least my mix does), and so the quesadillas turned out way too salty :D Next time I'll cook the lentils without adding salt to the water and see how it goes. Oh, btw I used red lentils cause I already had some in and thought I'd use it up instead of buying another package.
P.S.: quick salsa sauce came out amazing!

PUL Team - Sept. 22, 2021, 4:44 a.m.

Hey there, Katy, thanks for sharing your experience with this one! So sorry to hear about the saltiness. We would also recommend opting not to add salt to the lentils when cooking next time. We hope you enjoy the quesadillas if you give them another try 😃

Bekah - Sept. 20, 2021, 8:59 p.m.

Amazing! The Mexican style macaroni salad is so creative and fun! This recipe was awesome :)

Merhil Rosales - Sept. 17, 2021, 3:37 a.m.

Love the recipe

Hannah - Sept. 16, 2021, 5:34 p.m.

Absolutely loved this recipe! It was so simple to make and the lentil quesadillas were more delicious than I expected! Even had enough leftover for lunch the next day 😋

Bec - Sept. 12, 2021, 6:14 a.m.

I will never get enough of this salad. I am blown away by how yummy this is. So simple and easy to make yet it rocked my world. Since I couldn't find soy yogurt and had bought coconut yogurt which hadn't worked well in another recipe, I substituted it for a vegan herbed mayonaise and just wow, so yummy. The bread was good too but not the hero for me. This will be a weekly meal for me moving forward.

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 8:05 p.m.

Aw, thank you for the glowing review, Bec! We're so happy to hear the recipe is being enjoyed 😃

L - Sept. 9, 2021, 10:35 p.m.

Step 2. Is it in the last 2 minutes or the first two minutes that we had the peas ? I'm confused

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 2:59 a.m.

Hey there, L, thanks for bringing this to our attention! Step 2 of the instructions was meant to say to add the peas in the last two minutes of cooking. Our sincerest apologies for any confusion this caused. We've gone in and updated the recipe instructions to make sure it's clear now 🙂

Celina - Sept. 9, 2021, 10:19 p.m.

This was sooo good! Especially the quesadillas 😍
My sister usually doesn't like lentils but she really enjoyed this.
Thank you for all your hard work and your great recipes!

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 2:53 a.m.

Hi Celina, thank you for the very kind words! We're so grateful the recipe was enjoyed by your sister too :D

Lara - Sept. 5, 2021, 3:53 p.m.

This was super delicious 😋🥰 I love the freshness of the macaroni salad combined with the lentil quesadillas 👍🏼 I had one zucchini left, so I shredded it as well and cooked it along with the shredded carrots, because my body can digest the veggies better this way 😊 I also switched peas with edamame and seasoned it without the burrito spice mix, but with everything that is in the spice mix and some fresh garlic 🤩
You're absolutely right that this is perfect for picnics or to serve for guests 😌💚
Thank you so much for sharing this delicious meal!

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2021, 8:58 p.m.

Mmm sounds so delicious, Lara, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the macaroni salad with lentil quesadillas. It means so much 😃

Helen - Aug. 31, 2021, 2:24 p.m.

Hi Sadia! Just made the macaroni salad. So quick and easy! Thinking of adding a teaspoon of ketchup to the sauce next time to add some sweetness and see how that goes. =)

Also made the burrito spice mix. Thought I'd let you know that when clicking on it in the macaroni salad recipe it opens a link to a sexual health book. Probably not the kind of spicy you were going for! ;D

PUL Team - Sept. 1, 2021, 2:24 a.m.

Hey there, Helen, a lovely idea to add ketchup for sweetness! We appreciate you pointing out the link as well. Indeed, not the spice we were going for 😛 I've just clicked it now and see it directing me to the correct place, so I suspect it may be due to different regions automatically redirecting from our intended link. We'll do some digging to see if there's any fix to it though, so thanks for letting us know, and happy cooking 🤗

Jamie R - Aug. 30, 2021, 8:31 p.m.

Both of these recipes are wonderful and packed with flavor! The only thing I would say is after eating both dishes together, since they both used the same spice mix they had some taste similarities. I think for my leftovers I'll pair the macaroni salad with a sandwich or veggie burger to have a bit more of an eclectic flavor mix - but again, I was not disappointed by either dish - both were incredibly filling, delicious and wholesome!

PUL Team - Aug. 31, 2021, 2:16 a.m.

Hi Jamie, thanks for the review! It's super helpful to ensure we continue to improve and grow 😃

Since we were reducing the price for the budget challenge we opted to use the same spice mix, although feel free to use an alternative spice mix if desired. We love the alternative pairing ideas for the macaroni salad too though 😍 Happy cooking!

MaryAnn - Aug. 27, 2021, 3:47 p.m.

Hi there! This looks like another amazing recipe of yours I would love! Unfortunately I can’t get the link to the burrito spice mix to work :/ Is there anything that I can substitute? Thanks!

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

Hello MaryAnn, thanks for the question! The link appears to be working from our end, but it may redirect differently based on where home is for you. It takes us to a Frontier Mexican Seasoning spice, although any taco/burrito spice mix available at your local grocery store would do. You might find it in the international aisle or in taco/burrito kits if it's not found individually 🙂

An alternative may be to make burrito seasoning at home with spices accessible to you. We have a sample recipe (…), although there are lots of other ideas online. We hope this helps 😃

MaryAnn - Aug. 28, 2021, 8:26 p.m.

Thank you so much! That is super helpful! I am actually where the Frontier headquarters is located! My favorite spice distributor :)
Appreciate your reply!

Clare - Aug. 27, 2021, 12:38 p.m.

Unfortunately, my lentil filling did not stay together well but I still really enjoyed this dish! The pasta salad complimented the tortillas really well with a certain freshness from the yoghurt :)

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 6:52 p.m.

Hey there, Clare, thanks for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed the quesadillas. If you give the recipe another try, making sure the lentils are cooked enough to mash more should help the mixture stick together. If you're interested, adding some plant-based cheese is another idea 🙂

Britta - Aug. 26, 2021, 1:49 p.m.

Awesome recipe! So delicious, tasty, flavourful, fast, easy, cheap! Nothing more to say. Will definately prep this salad in the future a few times!

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 6:45 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the quesadillas, Britta, it means so much!

Alex - Aug. 24, 2021, 8:42 p.m.

This was really good and filling after a day hiking. Thanks!

Julia - Aug. 24, 2021, 6:14 p.m.

Woow, just wooow

Manon - Aug. 23, 2021, 5:55 p.m.

I'm really enjoying these recipes. The salad two days ago was great and this macaroni salad is very tasty too. I do however have a question. Where do you buy dry green lentils? The lentils I found need 8 to 12 hours of soaking time in water and 90 minutes of cooking time which seems like a lot. Had to swap the lentils in the patty recipe for a can of lentils cause I found out to late.

PUL Team - Aug. 25, 2021, 6:04 a.m.

Hey Manon, I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying these recipes 😊 It sounds to me like what you've bought might be either beans or "chana dal" which indeed requires a long soaking and cooking time. Typically, most lentils - which are flat and small - only need to be cooked for about 15 - 25 minutes, and will cook even faster if soaked for an hour or two ahead. We buy our lentils from Albert Heijn, but almost any shop should carry them. In case it helps to see the packaging, these are the ones we used:… - I hope this helps for now 🤓

Neha - Aug. 22, 2021, 2:44 p.m.

Love your recipes

Charlotte - Aug. 20, 2021, 2:23 p.m.

I love how you are basically making three meal components all within budget and it all tastes so good! I had never tried making pasta salad with yogurt before and it is a sure fire winner. I found this recipe quick and easy to make which was another bonus!

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 9:28 p.m.

So thrilled you enjoyed this one, Charlotte!

Katie Simkova - Aug. 19, 2021, 12:24 a.m.

I made this recipe today as a lunch and it was so delicious, healthy and easy to make. Literally, I was smiling while eating this meal. So thank you for making my day even better!

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2021, 10:38 p.m.

Aww, Katie, you're too kind! We're so thrilled you're enjoying the recipe 🥰

Gabrielle - Aug. 17, 2021, 4:04 p.m.

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, im excited to try it:) Do you think that vegan mayo would be a good substitute for the soy yogurt? I cant find a soy yogurt that is unsweetened

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2021, 11:31 p.m.

Hi Gabrielle, we haven't had a chance to test it out but we imagine that vegan mayo could work with some experimenting! You may want to start with less mayo and add more based on your preferences. Let us how it goes if you give it a try ✨

Mandy - Aug. 16, 2021, 2:09 a.m.

Just made this recipe and it is delicious! It’s different than anything I’ve made before and it turned out perfectly! I especially appreciate the budget friendly aspect!

Nadia S - Aug. 14, 2021, 2:49 a.m.

I made this an hour ago and I didn’t expect it to exceed my expectations! Wow. All of it was amazing! This recipe was really packed with flavors!

Alexander - Aug. 11, 2021, 6:58 p.m.

Those Quesadillas probably were the best I ever ate. Even better than all the non vegan quesadillas I ate in my life.
I added 2 tablespoons of Salsa Verde and a tablespoon if flour to bind. I also made a quick guacamole as a side. I neither missed the meat nor the cheese.
The pasta salad was decent, a solid support cast to those awesome Quesadillas.

PUL Team - Aug. 12, 2021, 1:52 a.m.

We're so happy to hear the recipe was enjoyed, Alexander, thanks for sharing :)

Astrid - Aug. 11, 2021, 3:24 p.m.

Just made the macaroni salade! Our family loves it :) we also added some pickles! Thanks again for these amazing recipes <3

Alex - Aug. 11, 2021, 8:30 a.m.

My wife and I watched this video on the weekend and decided to basically make this our meal plan for this week. So far we had the roasted veggie salad which was delicious (even though my oven seems to be more powerful than yours) and the potato-lentil-pattie wraps, which also were really tasty.
Looking forward for the rest of the week. Hopefully the rest of the meals will also be candidates to join our "weeknightmeal rotation"

PUL Team - Aug. 11, 2021, 4:28 p.m.

Hey, Alex! We're so thrilled the recipes have been enjoyed so far 🌻 Happy cooking!!

Georgiana - Aug. 8, 2021, 5:15 p.m.

Just made this and we totally loved it! Thank you for the recipe! So simple and quick to prepare.

Charlotte - Aug. 7, 2021, 1:33 p.m.

We just finished making and eating the quesadillas and they were delicious!! The salsa definitely brought it up a notch. My filling didn’t stay together that well, not sure if I needed to mash it more or add any more liquid, but the taste was still delicious. Thanks for another great and simple recipe!

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2021, 10 p.m.

Hi Charlotte, thanks for sharing the review with us! It's so appreciated☺️We've found making sure the lentils are cooked enough to mash indeed helps the mixture stick together :D

Charlotte - Aug. 8, 2021, 10:51 p.m.

Thanks for the tip! I’ll try cooking them longer next time. So far I’ve made 3 of the 5 recipes from the video this weekend and they have all be wonderful and unique despite using the similar ingredients. It’s been fun trying new things 😊

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2021, 11:34 p.m.

Aw this is so incredible to hear, Charlotte! So glad you're having fun with the new recipes 😊

Tash - Aug. 6, 2021, 5:48 a.m.

I’m going to give this challenge a try. Very curious to see how much the ingredients cost here (Melbourne, Australia) although I know it will still be budget friendly. Thanks for the great recipes and inspo :0)

PUL Team - Aug. 7, 2021, 1:53 a.m.

Let us know how it goes, Tash, we hope you enjoy the recipe :D