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
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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 serving (1 each) equals 434 calories, 31 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g 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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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"i must try it ....."

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2007

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

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