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An easy tuna macaroni salad recipe.

Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe – this is the best tuna macaroni salad recipe to serve for a weekend cookout, meal-prep, or an easy weeknight dinner! Always good and kid-friendly! 


  • 1/2 box macaroni pasta (this gluten-free elbow pasta works great too!)
  • 5oz can of tuna (in water), drained
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup yellow or white onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste


  1. Cook pasta, al dente, according to package instructions.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water to both stop the cooking process and to cool off the macaroni.
  3. Place cool pasta in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Open can of tuna and drain. Using a fork, flake into the the same bowl as the pasta, breaking up any big chunks.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Taste and add additional seasoning, as desired, or more mayo if it seems too dry.


  • Optional ingredients: sliced green onions and diced hard-boiled egg make great additions to this recipe!
  • Gluten-Free: I really like this gluten-free macaroni! Works perfectly in this recipe!
  • Mayo: I love using my homemade mayo for this recipe, but use whatever works best for you!
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 6oz
  • Calories: 152
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
  • Sodium: 345.6 mg
  • Fat: 9.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 6.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 29 mg