This classic Tuna Macaroni Salad recipe is the best cold salad to make for your next spring or summer picnic. It’s such an easy side dish to throw together with simple ingredients like tuna, pasta, celery and mayonnaise and is full of fresh and delicious flavor!
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It seems that spring is finally on the horizon, which means that summer won’t be far behind. With summer right around the corner, it’s time to make sure we have our arsenal of picnic foods ready to go at a moment’s notice. This Tuna Macaroni Salad is the kind of quick and delicious recipe that is perfect to throw together for all of those summer picnics.
I have been eating this salad for as long as I can remember. My mom still makes it various times throughout the summer and now I do as well. I know that each year when she first makes this salad, summer has officially begun.
Like many of the best things in life, this salad is incredibly simple. The ingredients are low cost, making it the perfect option if you’re on a tight budget (aren’t we all?). It’s so awesome how you can combine a few simple ingredients and make a salad that is so addictive that you cannot stop eating it. And by you, I mean me. Seriously. This type of gluttony is out of control.
It’s also fast. I threw this together in twenty minutes this morning for a family dinner later in the evening and everyone was thrilled to see it as part of our spread. I also love to make a big batch and enjoy it for lunch all week!
I listed the ingredients in the amounts that I personally enjoy. Like most of the other cooking that you’ll see on this blog, the amounts of ingredients are completely subject to your own personal tastes. I’m not a huge raw onion fan, so I mince them up quite small. Celery on the other hand, makes me very happy. So as you can imagine, I am quite liberal with the celery.
I originally started with only 3/4 of a cup of mayonnaise, but when I stirred it later it became evident that I needed to add another 1/4 cup. The moral of the story, is to follow your instincts. Either way give it a try- it’ll be a sure hit at your next spring get-together!
Other light summer salads include:
Yields 8-10 servings
This classic Tuna Macaroni Salad recipe is the best cold salad to make for your next spring or summer picnic. It's such an easy side dish to throw together with simple ingredients like tuna, pasta, celery and mayonnaise and is full of fresh and delicious flavor!
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1 box of elbow pasta (or the pasta of your choice), cooked until it's al dente
- 4 stalks of celery, diced
- 1/2 of a small-medium onion, minced
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 1-2 cans of tuna, well drained (depending on how much tuna you like)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients well.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until you're ready to serve for up to a week.
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