Classic Macaroni and Tuna Salad Recipe

My all time favorite macaroni salad is one that I grew up with it.  I just assumed everyone made macaroni salad the same way so I was really surprised when my husband informed me that he had never heard of adding tuna to a macaroni salad until he met me.

I just cannot imagine eating my macaroni salad any other way!  I love the crunch of the veggies, the creamy mayonnaise and the summary taste and scent of fish.


1 box macaroni
1 1/4 cup mayonnaise; divided
1 can tuna (I prefer solid white in water but any can will do)
3 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
salt & pepper to taste

While the pasta is cooking according to package directions on the stove I mix together the mayonnaise, tuna, carrots and celery.

Once the pasta has drained and cooled I add that it and give everything a good stir until the pasta is evenly coated.  I then sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and set it in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.  You can serve it right away but I think it tastes better after all the flavors have had a few hours to meld together.

The pasta does tend to soak up some of mayonnaise so I make sure to check it before serving and add a bit more mayonnaise if I need to.  Usually just one dollop from a spoon is enough and it's ready to serve. 

So is my husband right?  Have any of you ever had macaroni salad with tuna?

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  1. No, but I have made it with peas and carrots before. But cooked veg. I think I might have to try this!

    1. My step mother always put peas in her macaroni salad!

  2. Yes, I've heard of it, and I know I'd like it! I make my macaroni salad the same way, just minus the tuna!

  3. That looks good, I used to make tuna pasta with mayonnaise, but without the veggies!

    1. That would be yummy too; I only add the veggies so I convince myself that it's sort of healthy.

  4. This salad looks and sounds delicious. Sometimes it is fun to just make a classic recipe! Thank you for sharing at Over the Moon.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I do think it's fun to make classic recipes every now and then; they're classics for a reason, right?!

  5. Congratulations!
    Your post was featured on Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing it with us! Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. I love the idea of adding tuna to pasta salad... that would make a fun work lunch for this summer!

    1. Yes, exactly! I eat a small portion as my lunch with the tuna for protein it's a complete meal in one.


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