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It’s Macaroni Day tomorrow, so in honor, I give you Macaroni Salad with Tuna! This is Eric’s and my Father-in Law’s favorite way to enjoy Macaroni Salad! It couldn’t be easier salad to make, either!

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Macaroni Salad with Tuna

We have so many BBQ’s in the summer I need a huge line-up of side dishes to make to accompany the protein of choice that particular day! We have 8 birthdays in our immediate family, of course there is Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day! Then you have the obligatory friends that you should really invite because you haven’t gotten together in ages! The result of these is that it seems there is a BBQ on my patio most weekends from May until the end of September! This, Macaroni Salad with Tuna is one of the easiest of the side dishes in my repetoire!

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Sometimes I add peas to this easy mac salad too! We love them in it but it depends on who is coming that week, whether I do or not.

  1. So prepare the pasta shape of your choice according to package directions. Hard boil 3 eggs. Chop up your vegetables. In this case, I used celery, grated carrot and chives. You can change it up and use whatever you like, or whatever you have in the pantry.
  2. Add spices. Here I used salt, pepper, dry dill weed, fresh parsley, and celery seed.
  3. Mix the veges and pasta first with the mayonnaise so that it doesn’t break the tuna apart too much.
  4. Peel and rough chop eggs. I usually save some for garnish. Mix them with the salad. I also mix in a few tablespoons of my homemade Italian dressing for an extra kick.
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That’s all there is to it! Such an easy salad for all of your summer BBQ’s!

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Macaroni Salad with Tuna

This is Eric’s and my Father-in Law’s favorite way to enjoy Macaroni Salad! It couldn’t be easier salad to make, either! Great for all those summer BBQs and potlucks!
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling time for pasta: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta of your choice, cooked according to package directions
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 stalks celery, diced, about 1 cup
  • 1 large carrot, grated or diced, about 1/2 cup
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 2 tsp pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp Italian Dressing
  • 2 cans tuna, drained

Instructions

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Thoroughly cool.
  • Peel and chop hard boiled eggs. I usually save a few quarters for garnish.
  • Add macaroni, celery, carrot, and spices to large mixing bowl. Mix in mayonnaise and Italian dressing. Add tuna and mix. Add eggs and gently mix so that eggs don’t fall apart.
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Notes

Italian dressing is optional but adds a nice tang to the salad.
Cook pasta to desired doneness.
Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Promptly refrigerate leftovers.
Extra mayonnaise may be required after the salad sits. The pasta tends to soak up mayonnaise.
Leftovers will last 3-4 days.
Can not be frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect that I found this right as I was already cooking up some noodles for a beach picnic today! Annnnd even better that it’s also macaroni day! ????????

  2. 5 stars
    We also have lots of bbqs in summer and pasta salad is always a winner! Yours looks really good. I love the inclusion of chives and dill with tuna. I have to try that!

  3. 5 stars
    I grew up with a family whose idea of pasta salad was a box of tri-colored pasta – which I can’t stand – and a bottle of Italian dressing. I’m only now, 30 years later, looking at pasta salads as something that could be appetizing, so I’d definitely give this one a try 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I just love easy salads for barbecue. This one is so protein packed that I’m sure it would please especially my hubby. Wishing you tomorrow a happy Macaroni day:)

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely LOVE Tuna Macaroni Salad and your version looks to die for! Loving the addition of eggs!

  6. 5 stars
    This would be ideal for a summer dinner party in the garden, and I bet it would be a quick meal to make too.

  7. 5 stars
    Summer really is the season to catch up with all your family & friends, isn’t it. I bet this lovely salad is a huge hit at all those summer BBQs.

    1. It’s funny, the only time we see anyone in the winter is Christmas. After that we turn into hermits! Thanks Lynn!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks like a perfect crowd pleaser! Perfect for all the BBQ’s this summer! Also, thanks for the memo about macaroni day! 😉

  9. 5 stars
    Lovely recipe. I like the addition of celery. We eat a lot of it too and never misses from our fridge. I love this pasta tuna recipe easy to make and ideal for parties too.
    Thanks for the inspo.

    1. Thank you Ramona! Yes, I always use celery in salads! It is a must I think! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. 5 stars
    I was looking for a simple salad to take to a picknick on Sunday and here it is. It looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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