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Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Nothing says contemporary food than this Tuna Macaroni Salad. With its sweet and savory mixture, this easy salad recipe is surely a crowd-pleaser with a lingering sensation of tuna and the silky smooth macaroni all coated in an amazing mayo-based dressing. This is a must-try tuna pasta salad for picnics, lunch, and even dinner!
Course Appetizer, dinner, Lunch, Main, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 451kcal
Author Imma


  • Small mixing bowl 
  • Whisk 
  • large mixing bowl 


  • 1⁄2 lb  macaroni , cooked and drained 
  • ¾ -1 cup mayonnaise 
  • 1 small lemon  , juiced (about 2 tablespoons) or swap with vinegar
  • 3-4 tablespoons  sweet relish  
  • 1 tablespoon mustard  
  • 10 ounce tuna in water , drained 
  • 1 cup sliced celery 
  • 1-2 hard-boiled eggs , chopped   
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped red bell pepper 
  • 1⁄3 cup diced onion 
  • 1 cup frozen peas , thawed  
  • salt and pepper to taste  
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (optional for garnishing) 


  • Cook macaroni following directions on the package. Drain and rinse well. Let it cool while working on the sauce. After cooling, refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice or vinegar, sweet relish, and mustard. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use. 
  • Once macaroni has come to room temperature or cooled down - remove from the fridge.  
  • Place in a large bowl together with tuna, celery, eggs, red bell pepper, peas, and onion. 
  • Add the prepared mayonnaise sauce to the bowl and thoroughly mix. 
  • Salt and pepper to taste. And then add parsley for garnishing.
  • Store in a tightly sealed container for 4-5 days. If salad seems dry, add a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise to moisten. 


  1. Swap macaroni with other sturdy pasta like fusilli, rotini, and the likes.
  2. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used. 


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1244IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg