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Tuna Macaroni Salad

This Classic Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe is easy, delicious, and quick, ready in just 15 minutes. Perfectly cooked pasta or macaroni is tossed with solid white albacore tuna, sweet onion, peas, and a creamy mayo and sour cream dressing. 

This small batch recipe makes a great side dish or main dish. Throw it in your summer picnic basket for two or serve this pasta salad at your next intimate barbecue.

I highly recommend using canned solid white albacore tuna in this recipe. Regular canned tuna is way mushier. Solid white albacore will cost a tiny bit more but it’s worth it because the meat stays chunky and holds together much better.

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How to make old fashioned Tuna Pasta Salad

Dice the onion and set aside.

diced sweet onions on a cutting board.

Cook the pasta in a sauce pan according to the package directions. Click for a sauce pan.

shell pasta boiling in a pan with wooden spoon.

Empty the pasta into a colander to drain, rinse well with cold water, and then drain again.

Place the pasta into a medium bowl.

Add the oil and tuna to the cooked noodles. Toss to coat.

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Stir in the mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper and mustard.

mayo mixture mixed into shell pasta and tuna in a bowl.

Fold in the onion and frozen peas. The peas will thaw within minutes. Do not thaw or cook them ahead of time.

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Place into the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

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Yield: Serves 2

Classic Tuna Macaroni Salad

Classic Tuna Macaroni Salad

This Classic Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe is easy, delicious, and quick, ready in just 15 minutes. Perfectly cooked pasta or macaroni is tossed with albacore chunk white tuna, sweet onion, peas, and a creamy mayo and sour cream dressing.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, or red onion
  • 1 cup uncooked pasta (any shape)
  • 1 can solid white albacore tuna, 5 oz can (drained)
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon regular mustard
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas (do not thaw)

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta in a sauce pan according to the package directions. Click for a sauce pan.
  3. Empty the pasta into a colander to drain, rinse well with cold water, and then drain again.
  4. Place the pasta into a medium bowl.
  5. Add the oil and tuna to the cooked noodles. Toss to coat.
  6. Stir in the mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper and mustard.
  7. Fold in the onion and frozen peas. The peas will thaw within minutes. Do not thaw or cook them ahead of time.
  8. Place into the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

Notes

  • I highly recommend using canned solid white albacore tuna in this recipe. Regular canned tuna is way mushier. Solid white albacore will cost a tiny bit more but it’s worth it because the meat stays chunky and holds together much better.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 977Saturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1395mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 31g

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Marilyn

Tuesday 9th of May 2023

Excellent! Added celery & pickles, hot sauce & a little pickle juice. Love it!!!!

Kristy

Thursday 30th of June 2022

Is the oil necessary or would it be fine without it?

Zona

Friday 1st of July 2022

Hi Kristy, pasta absorbs liquids, because it is made of starch, and starch absorbs water. Tossing the pasta with oil will reduce the absorption, by coating them in a water-repellent layer. I add this step because I prefer creamy pasta salad instead of dry pasta salad. If you don't want to add it, don't drain as much water from the cooked pasta, and add more dressing.

Elizabeth

Friday 14th of August 2020

May I substitute more mayo if I do not have sour cream ?

Zona

Friday 14th of August 2020

Hi Elizabeth, yes that should be fine. Thanks for your question :)

Diane Nelson

Monday 1st of June 2020

Hubby loves this

Zona

Monday 1st of June 2020

Awesome! He is not alone, we love it too :)

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