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Tuna Pasta Salad a twist on tuna salad sandwiches, a great quick and easy meal.

Tuna fish sandwiches as a little kid was always a staple lunch item in the house. Even now, they’re an easy lunch to make. I love them on crackers too.

This recipe basically came to me when I was thinking about what to make for lunch. I knew we hadn’t had tuna fish in a while but I wanted to add more ingredients to the usual tuna fish. You always see macaroni salad drenched in mayo at the deli counter and honestly, I just never was a fan of macaroni salad. I always thought it had a weird taste. So then I thought, what if I added macaroni pasta to the tuna fish? That got me thinking of more ingredients to add so I decided that hard-boiled eggs would be a good addition. It’d add nice texture and a mild creaminess from the yolk. All the other ingredients are just from a regular tuna fish sandwich, sans bread. Jason really liked this dish and the below recipe makes a lot so you can bring it for a potluck or have it for lunch the next day or use this as a side dish to any meal. It’s pretty filling too with all the protein its got in it as well as the carbs :)


tuna pasta salad recipe

Tuna Pasta Salad

Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad is made with fresh celery, hard boiled eggs, and macaroni. Make this easy pasta side dish for a summer BBQ or for a quick meal!
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • ¾ box of elbow macaroni
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • salt and pepper

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  • Bring a pot of water to boil and cook pasta until soft.
  • At the same time, bring a smaller pot of water to boil and boil the eggs for 7-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, dice the celery into cubes and put in the fridge for later.
  • Get some ice cubes and put them in a bowl of cold water.
  • Once the eggs are done, put them in the ice water for 5 minutes.
  • After the pasta is done, drain and put in a large bowl and put it in the fridge for a couple hours (or overnight).
  • Peel the shells off the eggs and then dice up the eggs. You can put them in the same bowl as the celery if you want since all the ingredients need to be chilled/cold before mixing together.
  • Once everything is chilled, or if it's the next day, put the celery and eggs in the pasta bowl.
  • Mix in the mayo, salt, and pepper (to taste).
  • Serve as a side dish or enjoy with some bread and olive oil or make a sandwich!

Recipe Notes

Note: This recipe requires a prep time of a couple hours prior to serving, as this is a cold dish. It’s best to prep this overnight. 


Calories: 515 kcal | Carbohydrates: 32 g | Protein: 21 g | Fat: 33 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 0.1 g | Cholesterol: 160 mg | Sodium: 407 mg | Potassium: 251 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroni and tuna salad, tuna macaroni salad, tuna pasta salad recipe
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Saturday 27th of April 2013

I am always looking for easy lunch meals for my sweetie and I to pack. We both get tired of the typical sandwich and chips. This salad will be so good stuffed into a tomato or green pepper! mmmmmmm Almost makes we wish it was a work day!!!.....yey no.


Sunday 30th of September 2012

No problem! Thank you for replying so fast...I'm making this for a potluck this afternoon. Everythings prep, except...I'm assuming I drain tuna? moist? dry? dry dry?


Sunday 30th of September 2012

Drained, still a bit moist. Not super dry. Just get the liquid out of the can.


Saturday 29th of September 2012

When do you add the tuna?


Saturday 29th of September 2012

Right after step 8, before step 9. Sorry!