Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe

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"This jazzed-up tuna recipe came from a nutritionist I worked with at a prenatal clinic," writes Mary pat Eck from Cincinnati, Ohio. "It's so full of protein and flavor that we shared it with many of our clients."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3/4 cup cooked small pasta shells
  • 1 can (5 ounces) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 hard-boiled large egg, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons pickle relish, drained
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Lettuce leaves

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 347 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 1259mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard and salt; stir into tuna mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve on lettuce-lined plates. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Tuna Macaroni Salad in Cooking for 2 Summer 2007 , p9

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Becksterpurple414 User ID: 7924412 250357
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"This was really tasty and easy This is my new go to recipe for tuna macaroni salad, everyone really loved it."

az_jill User ID: 5181702 225759
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"A great, easy, tasty recipe. Will definitely make again. Would possibly leave out cheese next time too. Thanks Mary!"

jennt1981 User ID: 2611777 65401
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2013

"A few months ago I gave birth to my second baby girl. During my pregnancy I made this recipe and was one happy mama. Next time I am going to use pepper jack cheese for a little heat!"

hunkydoriest User ID: 4515323 65400
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"Very good salad for a hot day. I made it as written, but next time would leave out the really wasn't necessary."

Marajean89 User ID: 6863088 92751
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"lite, easy, added onion and sweet pickles."

Dailyn User ID: 2943793 160031
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"I make this salad all the time. Of course I have to double by 4 to 6 because I take it to functions. I don't really modify it much. I do make extra dressing because overnight it can get a little dry."

alevstar User ID: 4143715 93192
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"easy to make and really tasty!!!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 143492
Reviewed May. 8, 2008

"I made it with finely diced 1/2 a poached chicken breast instead of tuna and shredded cheddar cheese instead of cubed and it turned out just as yummy as when I made it just like the recipe!"

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