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Tuna Macaroni Salad

Enjoy this classic, easy-to-make Tuna Macaroni Salad that’s perfect for summer picnics, potlucks, or weeknight meals.

Tuna Macaroni Salad in a bowl with a serving spoon.

What will I need for this recipe?

Elbow Macaroni – Elbow macaroni’s shape holds the creamy dressing and tuna perfectly so it’s great for a pasta salad.

Tuna – Tuna adds protein, flavor, and a rich texture.

Celery – Celery adds a refreshing crunch and subtle flavor.

Hard Boiled Eggs – Hard-boiled eggs add richness and a creamy texture.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes add a juicy, tangy flavor and vibrant color.

Mayonnaise – Mayonnaise binds the ingredients together for a cohesive side dish.

Dijon Mustard – Dijon mustard adds a tangy, slightly spicy flavor.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice adds a refreshing, zesty flavor that brightens the salad and balances the richness of the other ingredients.

Sweet Relish – Sweet relish adds a sweet and tangy kick, complementing the savory flavors and adding depth.

Yellow Onion – Yellow onions add a sharp, pungent flavor that balances the creamy elements.

Spices – To bring the dish together I add seasoned salt, smoked paprika, and salt & pepper.

How to make Tuna Macaroni Salad

Cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine the cooked macaroni, tuna, celery, tomatoes, relish, onion, and seasoning salt

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the dressing over the macaroni mixture and toss until everything is well coated. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. If too dry, add more mayo or mustard. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Serve chilled and enjoy your delicious Tuna Macaroni Salad!

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Enjoy this classic, easy-to-make Tuna Macaroni Salad that's perfect for summer picnics, potlucks, or weeknight meals.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 348 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 16 OZ Elbow Macaroni
  • 4 Cans Tuna Drained
  • 1/2 Cup Celery Diced
  • 4 Hard Boiled Eggs Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Tomatoes Diced
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP Dijon Mustard
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Sweet Relish
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion Diced
  • 2 TSP Seasoned Salt
  • 1 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked macaroni, tuna, celery, tomatoes, relish, onion, and seasoning salt
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper
  • Pour the dressing over the macaroni mixture and toss until everything is well coated. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. If too dry, add more mayo or mustard
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to come together
  • Serve chilled and enjoy your delicious Tuna Macaroni Salad!
Keyword Tuna Macaroni Salad

FAQ

Can I use different types of pasta for tuna macaroni salad?

Yes, you can definitely use different types of pasta for tuna macaroni salad. While traditional macaroni (elbow macaroni) is common and holds the dressing well, other pasta shapes like rotini, penne, or fusilli can work too. Just ensure they are cooked al dente and cooled before mixing with the other ingredients to maintain texture and absorb the flavors properly.

Can I make tuna macaroni salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make tuna macaroni salad ahead of time. In fact, making it ahead allows the flavors to meld together more thoroughly. Store the salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days before serving for best results.

How long does tuna macaroni salad keep in the refrigerator?

Tuna macaroni salad typically keeps well in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days. It’s important to store it in an airtight container to maintain freshness and prevent the pasta from drying out.

What dishes can I made with this recipe?

Tuna Macaroni Salad is a great side dish for any potluck or gathering! It goes great with Crispy Mustard Fried Chicken for dinner. Or, you can also make Deviled Eggs with Jalapeño Bacon Jam if you have extra eggs to hard boil!

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