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Tuna Macaroni Salad

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Tuna macaroni salad is one of my favorite cold salads! This tuna macaroni salad is loaded with rich flavorful tuna, hard boiled eggs, pasta in a creamy homemade dressing. Love seafood? Here are a few more recipes to consider. Lemon garlic shrimp, air fryer salmon, or ceviche

tuna macaroni salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad

This macaroni salad can be easy to whip up for potluck dinners, weekday lunch or dinner, or even meal prep! 

How to Make

Step 1: Start by cooking your pasta as directed on the back of the box. I always add salt to the water to help add flavor to the pasta. 

Step 2: While your pasta is cooking, open the tuna cans. Make sure to drain off excess liquid. Also, add your eggs in water to make hard boiled eggs. 

Step 3: Now in a bowl mix up your mayo and other dressing ingredients. Full directions are below. Once well  mixed stir in the tuna. 

Step 4: Drain cooked pasta and run under cold water to cool down. Once drained place in your serving bowl. Pour your tuna mixture into your pour pasta and stir well. 

Step 5: Add in your thawed peas.

Step 6: Carefully mix in your chopped eggs. When your salad is finished and all mixed up store in the fridge until ready to serve up your Tuna salad. 

tuna macaroni salad

What Is The Best Pasta To Use

Honestly any type of pasta will work. Elbow, bow tie, rigatoni, shells, and more. The biggest thing is cooking the pasta as directed on the box. 

Why Serve Up This Tuna Recipe

  • Easy prep
  • Pantry essentials
  • Hearty 
  • Creamy and crunchy
  • Affordable 
  • Delicious 

What isn’t to love about this tuna salad. 

What to Serve With This Pasta Tuna Salad

Honestly eat this dish as a meal in one or add in your favorite sides. Side of veggies and dip, salty chips, dinner rolls, etc. 

tuna macaroni salad

This pasta is heartier enough that you could very easily eat as a meal in one. 

What To Do If Pasta Begins to Dry Out

You will find at times pasta salads can dry out fast. If this is your case just toss the macaroni salad a bit and see if it helps add moisture into the salad. 

If you find it after tossing a few times it still dry. Go ahead and a bit more dressing to the salad. 

Adding liquid will help to soften the pasta and replenish liquid. 

Can I Do This Without Tuna

If you want to skip the tuna go ahead and replace like shrimp, chicken or make it plain like a classic pasta salad. 

tuna macaroni salad

Storing Leftovers

Store your salad in the fridge . You can serve for a crowd or just the family. Just place the pasta dish in a bowl with an airtight lid. 

Then when you get hungry grab a meal from the fridge, a super quick and easy prep. 

For a perfect salad to pair with your tuna macaroni salad, try this delicious Copy Cat Bacon and Ranch Suddenly Salad.

Tuna macaroni salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna macaroni salad is one of my favorite cold salads! This tuna macaroni salad is loaded with rich flavorful tuna, hard boiled eggs, pasta in a creamy homemade dressing. 

Ingredients

  • 1 LB Elbow Macaroni, cooked
  • 2 5 OZ Cans of Tuna, in water, drained
  • 4 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas, thawed
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Pickle Relish Juice
  • 3/4 TSP Onion Salt
  • 3/4 TSP Celery Seed
  • 3/4 TSP Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice

Instructions

  1. Cook macaroni, run cold water over it to cool.
  2. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, relish, salt, celery seed, pepper, & lemon juice. Whisk to combine well.
  3. Add in tuna.
  4. Add cooled pasta to a serving bowl.
  5. Pour mayonnaise mixture over the pasta. Mix well to make sure all of the pasta is coated.
  6. Add in the thawed peas. Mix to combine.
  7. Add in chopped eggs. Stir gently to combine.
  8. Put in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g

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