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Tuna Macaroni Salad


Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad 

Enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal with this classic Tuna Macaroni Salad recipe! Loaded with tender macaroni pasta, flaky tuna, crisp vegetables, and a creamy dressing, this salad is perfect for lunch, dinner, or a summertime picnic. 

It's easy to make, versatile, and can be customized with your favorite ingredients. 

Whether you serve it as a side dish or enjoy it as a light main course, this Tuna Macaroni Salad is sure to become a family favorite!


  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 cans (5 ounces each) tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced dill pickles
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


Step 1: Cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine the drained tuna, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt or sour cream, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. Stir until well combined and smooth.

Step 3: Add the cooled macaroni to the tuna mixture in the bowl. Add the diced celery, red onion, red bell pepper, and diced dill pickles. Stir gently until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.

Step 4: Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning if needed.

Step 5: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the Tuna Macaroni Salad for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.

Step 6: Before serving, give the salad a quick stir and taste for seasoning. Add more salt and pepper if desired.

Step 7: Garnish the Tuna Macaroni Salad with chopped fresh parsley, if using.

Step 8: Serve chilled as a side dish or light main course.

Step 9: Enjoy the creamy and flavorful goodness of this Tuna Macaroni Salad!

Step 10: Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Feel free to customize this salad with your favorite ingredients, such as diced cucumber, grated carrot, or chopped hard-boiled eggs.

For extra flavor, you can add a splash of pickle juice or a pinch of paprika to the dressing.

This salad is great for meal prep and can be made ahead of time for easy lunches or dinners during the week.

Serve this Tuna Macaroni Salad on a bed of lettuce or spinach for a refreshing twist.

Enjoy this classic salad recipe any time of the year!


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