Tuna Macaroni Salad

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Other light summer salads include:

Peas and Shrimp Salad

Roasted Beets Salad with Feta and Dill

Greek Couscous Salad

Mexican Bean Salad

Tomato Salad

German Potato Salad

Green Bean Salad

Vicky’s Tabouli

Yields 8-10 servings

Tuna Macaroni Salad

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

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients well.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate until you're ready to serve for up to a week.
Cuisine: Summer, spring, salad, light | Recipe Type: Dinner, lunch, side dish, fish, pasta, salad
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16 Comments

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    Kaitie
    May 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Easy & delicious! Perfect for a side to BBQ’d burgers or chicken! Love this thanks!!
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      Jessy
      May 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Thank you- it went beautifully with out pork tenderloin the other night and I’m look forward to enjoying the left overs at today’s lunch.!

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    Paris Anderson
    May 18, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I love tuna pasta salads and yours sounds delicious! Cold salads are always perfect for summer!
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      Jessy
      May 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Thank you- I agree- tuna in anything makes me happy!

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    Donna Ward
    May 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Yes! This is a great tasting and economical meal – When I was the Exec Dir of a few conference centers, this was a fabulous meal that was quick, easy, tasty and you nailed it! 🙂

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      Jessy
      May 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Thank you- it’s all about keeping it simple!

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    Elna Cain
    May 18, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Jessy,
    This looks easy and delicious. Interested to find out how it tastes since there isn’t any spices to it?

    Will have to give it a try next week!
    Elna
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      Jessy
      May 19, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thank you! I made a point to list the salt and pepper “to taste” instead of giving a specific measurement because that is a big part in bringing out the flavors since there aren’t any addition herbs and spices, and everyone has different ideas as to how much of those things they like. I’ll bet this would be delicious with the addition of fresh herbs, though. I hope you enjoy!

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    May 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Pasta salad is one of my all-time, hands-down favorite summer picnic foods! So simple, so quick and easy! Brilliant to add tuna! And I just love your comment about how you always knew it was officially summer when your mom made this for the first time each year – aren’t those just the most wonderfully special kinds of foods? Mmmmmmm … enjoy! And happy, happy summer! 😀
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      Jessy
      May 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Mine too! I love how food can transport you back to your childhood! Thank you 🙂

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    Stephanie
    May 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Sounds great. Thanks for sharing!
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      Jessy
      May 20, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Thank you 🙂

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    Darlene
    May 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Yum. This is exactly how we make macaroni salad. My mouth is watering. Now I’m going to have to make some. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Darlene
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      Jessy
      May 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Great minds! Enjoy 🙂

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    Bali Tour
    September 8, 2015 at 4:26 am

    very nice..
    Thank you for the recipe.. 🙂

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      Jessy
      September 8, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Thank you- I hope you enjoy!

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