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Tuna Macaroni Salad

  • 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 – the perfect recipe for a weekend cookout, meal-prep or an easy weeknight dinner! Always good and kid-friendly! (Dairy-free + Gluten-Free Friendly)



  • 1/2 box macaroni pasta (this gluten-free elbow pasta works great too!)
  • 1 50z can of tuna (on water)
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/4 cup on 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. Cook pasta, al dente, according to package instructions.
  2. Drain and rinse with cold water to both stop the cooking and to cool off the macaroni.
  3. Place cool pasta in medium/large mixing bowl.
  4. Open can of tuna and, using a fork, flake into the the same bowl as the pasta, breaking up any big chunks.
  5. Then add remaining ingredients.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. 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 in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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