Garden Tuna Macaroni  Salad Recipe
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Garden Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe

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“I knew this recipe was a hit the first time I served it at a barbecue and got wonderful compliments,” recalls Scarlett Hilton in Sabina, Ohio. “I even got a phone call afterward suggesting that I open a restaurant!” We have to agree this cool, creamy and crunchy salad really is delicious.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (6 ounces) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2/3 cup chopped sweet yellow pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup diced radishes
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine tuna, vegetables and parsley. Drain macaroni and rinse in cold water; add to tuna mixture.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Miracle Whip, ranch dressing, Parmesan cheese and pepper. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Garden Tuna Macaroni Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2007, p51

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

I didn't have radishes, and did not use all that pepper, but other than that I made it as the recipe states. I am glad I didn't add more pepper because the onions gave it enough of a bite. I wonder if there is a misprint in the recipe. I certainly wouldn't use more than 1/2 - 3/4 of a tsp. The flavor was delicious and the vegetables complemented the tuna. Good recipe!

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

I made this to take to a potluck on Sunday and it went over very well. I also left out the radishes. The only other change I made was to use gluten free elbow macaroni (the brown rice kind). We thought this salad was delicious!

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

I put in 3.25 cups uncooked macaroni, use canned salmon and 1 cup of each chopped celery, chopped pepper and shredded carrots. I also leave out radishes and reduce pepper to 1/2 tsp. All other ingredients as same in recipe. I make it several times in the summer.

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