Ann's Special Tuna Salad Recipe

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Nothing is better at a potluck than a macaroni salad. This tuna salad features delicious celery, green onions and pimientos adding tasty flavor. This salad will be gone in no time.—Ann Kaiser, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 cup small shell macaroni
  • 1 can (14 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions with tops
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained or 1 tomato, seeded and diced or 6 radishes, sliced
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 tablespoon sweet or dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream or milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 434 calories, 31g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 536mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water until tender. Rinse in cold water and drain. Place in a large bowl. Add tuna, celery, onions, peas and pimientos; toss gently to mix. Combine Miracle Whip, pickle relish, ketchup, mustard and cream; fold into the salad. Add salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Ann's Special Tuna Salad in Country Woman July/August 1997, p2

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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joyfulcooking User ID: 2406951 252061
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

"It was very good. We omitted the mustard and ketchup because we used our own homemade mayonnaise for this recipe and it already had mustard in . I doubled it and added a can of salmon and it was gobbled up at our church picnic."

ArabicRecipes User ID: 7479338 43701
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"i must try it ....."

Shuddertoes User ID: 1715978 15666
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"Too sweet for me...I should have known when Miracle Whip was listed as a main ingredient! But it's a very flexible can probably throw in just about whatever you like. (I added chopped eggs, walnuts and black olives.) Overall we enjoyed it... I might even make it again if I can figure our how to unsweeten it a bit."

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 21459
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2008

"My daughter just loved this. The dressing is much better than plain old mayo, though I did add a generous pinch of seasoned salt to it. I also added a couple of chopped hard-boiled eggs. Chopped radishes would also be a good addition."

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 15664
Reviewed May. 29, 2008

"I use this dressing for other salads as well--easily can substitute fat-free mayo or veggie ingredients to your liking. I sometimes leave out the meat completely."

[email protected] User ID: 2552234 22469
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2007

"i would add to this recipe chopped green pepers & substitute black olives for the pimientos"

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