Tuna Macaroni Noodle Salad

by beth on September 8, 2010


Over the week­end we went for the clas­sic Tuna Mac­a­roni Noo­dle Salad.  Sim­ple to make and a crowd pleaser.  Hubby also requested it. He manned the grill all week­end, I wo-manned the sides (Wait…huh? That sounds weird…anyway).  It’s the per­fect way to wind down this Sum­mer sea­son before Fall finally makes her way on in.  You have exactly (as of today) 14 days left of Sum­mer.  Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 22nd is the last day of Sum­mer, the Autum­nal or Fall Equinox of 2010 is at 11:09 pm on that day.  Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 23rd will be first full day of Fall for those of us in the North­ern Hemisphere.

Of course you could break all the rules and make this clas­sic Tuna Mac­a­roni Noo­dle Salad any­time of the year. Go ahead, you know you want to.  Be a rule breaker.  Say rules be damned!  I’m hav­ing my Mac­a­roni Salad no mat­ter what sea­son it is.

What You Need:

1  12 oz. Pack­age Mac­a­roni (or other noodle)

1 & 1/2 Cup May­on­naise (up to 2 Cups depend­ing on how creamy you like it)

1 Large Can of Tun or 2 Small (12 oz) Cans of Tuna

1/2 Tea­spoon Salt

1/2 Tea­spoon Pepper

2 Cloves Gar­lic (Minced)

3 Stalks of Celery

1 Small Yel­low Onion (or Red Onion)

Juice of 1/2 a Lemon

How To Put It Together:

Super sim­ple!  Boil your noo­dles.  After your noo­dles boil, let them cool off.  If you are in a rush you can do 15 min­utes in the ice box (freezer).

While your noo­dles are cool­ing chop your cel­ery & onion.  Then finely mince gar­lic.  Toss in a bowl.  Add in your may­on­naise, salt, pep­per, and tuna.  Mix every­thing together in your bowl.

Once noo­dles are cooled to room tem­per­a­ture (you don’t want them steam­ing hot) add them on into your bowl.  Put the whole dish in the refrig­er­a­tor for an hour until you are ready to serve.


Makes a ton, seri­ously.  You will have enough to feed 8–if this is a main dish–you’ll feed far more if you serve it as a side dish.

And now go, break some rules. You know you want to.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Suzanne @ Mommy Moves Again September 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for this! It looks great, I am bookmarking it for the future! :)


2 Amber September 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

That looks tasty! Thanks for sharing.


3 Colleen September 9, 2010 at 8:36 am

Hi! Love tuna macaroni salad – thanks for the recipe. I think I will make it for my husband & be star for the day. Visiting from SITS; cute blog!


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