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Tuna Macaroni salad is satisfying dish all on its own, but is also the perfect side dish to complement a summer picnic or potluck. This salad has it all–delicious pasta, savory tuna and a creamy, sweet, and zesty sauce!

Bird's eye view of Tuna Macaroni Salad in a white bowl.

Tuna Macaroni Salad is quick and easy to make, even with all the fresh ingredients. The tuna and hard boiled eggs make it hearty enough to enjoy on its own or as a flavorful side dish.You can garnish it in any way you choose and you’ll love the fresh and zesty flavor. Be ready to make it again, because it’s just that good!

Can I make Tuna Macaroni Salad in advance?

Yes. This dish needs time to cool, and the longer the ingredients are together, the better they taste. Making this dish at least 1 hour ahead and up to 1 day before is recommended.

Can I use Miracle Whip instead of mayonnaise?

Yes, you can swap this ingredient out if you prefer the taste of Miracle Whip. I recommend mayonnaise, because it doesn’t interfere as much with the unique flavor that is produced by the other ingredients.

Can I use chicken instead of tuna?

The ingredients in this salad pair well with tuna because of how they balance the fishiness with tangy, pickled flavors. However, chicken is an acceptable substitute if you prefer not to use tuna.

Tuna Macaroni Salad served up on a blue plate.

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Tuna Macaroni Salad served up on a blue plate.
Tuna Macaroni salad is satisfying dish all on its own, but is also the perfect side dish to complement a summer picnic or potluck. This salad has it all--delicious pasta, savory tuna and a creamy, sweet, and zesty sauce!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes
  • 1 pound elbow noodles
  • 3 5 ounce cans solid white albacore tuna drained
  • 5 large hard boiled eggs diced
  • ½ large red onion minced
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook elbow noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until pasta is cooled. Drain well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss together cooked noodles with tuna, eggs, onion, celery, and peas.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar, dill, sugar, relish, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour sauce over pasta and toss until everything is well coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour before serving.


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 695mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tuna Macaroni Salad

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4 stars
Good recipe however next time I’ll cut back on the cider vinegar. I used unfiltered raw vinegar so maybe that was the issue?

5 stars
The best tuna macaroni salad ever!! I have make it 3 times in the last 2 months. LOVE LOVE!


This is so delicious. I love it and it makes a lot for a big family or party. Thanks for a great recipe!!
It’s a 5 ++ recipe!


4 stars
I tweaked it a little no peas bo mmustard no oil

Nicole Stoudt

5 stars
Sounds delicious! Making tonight.

Connie Yraub

Just made this yesterday. Since I live alone, I cut in half. Loved flavors, crunch but the dressing was pretty much absorbed by macaroni so it was much drier when t took it from fridge to serve. Suggestions? I did let macaroni cool to room temp before mixing it in.

Patricia Monholland

Made for church pot luck. Really enjoyed it.


5 stars
Made this salad (with chicken I had on hand) and kept the rest of the recipe as is. Super delicious! As a big fan of your macaroni salad it did not disappoint! Loving these summer salads, thank you!

Pamela Ryan

Made this last night, delicious! My husband who doesn’t like fish of any kind, loved it! Thanks!

Gerardo Santos

4 stars
Easy to prepare and yummy.

Hi there! I enjoyed your website/blog. Your recipe for Tuna Macaroni Salad caught my eye. I actually had absolutely everything on hnad!! I made it a day ahead of guests coming for lunch and it was just perfect. We all loved it .. and there was plenty left over for them to take some home. By the way, a friend introduced me to peeling the celery with a potato peeler. Here I’d spent my whole life pulling the strings like my mama taught me … break the celery stalk and pull the strings, one by one. Thanks for sharing your… Read more »

Michaelene M Williamson

I’ve made this salad for 50 years. But my family prefers dill pickles rather than sweet, and regular yellow mustard, instead of dijon. (Picky husband). Sometimes I put in the boiled eggs, sometimes not. Also, if I’m making it ahead of time (such as getting things ready for camping), I mix everything except the tuna and eggs. It will last better without the fish. Then add them before the meal.
It’s great served on a nice big lettuce leaf, with potato chips on the side.
Anyway, it’s a great recipe, that you can tweak to your tastes.


5 stars
.. love the simplicity of the recipe

Mary Ann

I plan to fix for dinner. Thanks
Tried to rate a 5. Would not with.


Absolutely perfect for dinner tonight!

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