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Tuna Macaroni Salad

"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


  • 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


  • In a small bowl, combine the first 6 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 347 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 156mg cholesterol, 1259mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • P vinod
    Mar 20, 2018

    for me seafood and some items are advisable from a health point of view-will try to get it a large seafood restaurent-still remember those days 39 years ago when used to have seafood like crab,cuttle fish etc-you made my day-a perfect morning start-its early morning in india-good morning.

  • PageRD
    Aug 6, 2017

    This a great summer salad that you can serve as a meal. It makes a smaller amount than most pasta salads, so it is great for two people.

  • Becksterpurple414
    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
    May 2, 2015

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

  • jennt1981
    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
    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
    May 8, 2013

    lite, easy, added onion and sweet pickles.

  • Dailyn
    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
    May 1, 2010

    easy to make and really tasty!!!

  • keverwann
    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!