Tuna Macaroni Salad

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Tuna Macaroni Salad is a classic potluck recipe and is so easy to throw together. It is creamy and delicious with lots of hard-boiled egg, peas, celery, onion, and sweet pickle relish. This simple pasta salad goes great with a sandwich, burgers, bbq chicken. You name it!

Tuna Macaroni Salad

This Tuna Macaroni Salad recipe easily feeds 10 to 12 people as a side and is perfect for your next picnic. There’s something about a cool and creamy recipe that really hits the spot during the hot summer months. And this Tuna Macaroni Salad only tastes better with time so feel free to make it a day or two in advance. If it has lost some of its creaminess, just stir another tablespoon or two of mayonnaise in before serving.

Tuna Macaro9ni Salad makes a classic picnic side

 

Tuna Macaroni Salad is a really budget-friendly recipe. Adding a can of tuna to pasta salad gives it plenty of flavor and some protein without the expense of a more protein-laden recipe. Leftovers make a great lunch.

Tuna Macaroni Salad make a quick and easy picnic side.

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5 from 5 votes
Tuna Macaroni Salad
Tuna Macaroni Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Tuna Macaroni Salad is a classic potluck recipe and is so easy to throw together. It is creamy and delicious with lots of hard-boiled egg, peas, celery, onion, and sweet pickle relish.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 pound elbow pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 (12-ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the peas the last minute of cooking time. Drain and rinse under cold water. Drain again and add to a large bowl.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix.

  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made a day in advance.

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13 thoughts on “Tuna Macaroni Salad

  1. i use mini penne pasta, 3 boiled eggs, 2 stalks of celery, sweet onions (red onions are too strong), sweet pickle cubes (not relish), 1 large can of solid white tuna and 1 regular can of tuna. use mayo, just a small amount of french’s yellow mustard, 1/4 tsp or so of dried mustard, a little cayenne pepper, krazy jane’s mixed up salt, some lemon pepper seasoning, kosher salt only if needed and cracked black pepper. my family loves it and we will eat it as a light dinner.

  2. I’ve made this recipe twice and it’s super tasty! Like others I added 3 cans of tuna more relish and tablespoon of yellow mustard. Fabulous recipe!

  3. Great recipe! Swapped celery for shredded carrot simply because I didn’t have any and since I used regular onion instead of red it added a little variation and took care of the lack of color. Also only had jalapeno tuna (sorry… didn’t intend to change it up so much) and it definitely gave it just the right amount of heat for all those hot and spicy food eaters out there.

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