Tuna Macaroni Salad
Great for summer nights when you don't want to cook!
Great for summer nights when you don't want to cook!
I have made this recipe quite a few times since discovering it in November. I am giving it 5 stars because my husband loves it and requests it at least once a month (and I have to double the quantity). Only modifications I made were as follows: Use half miracle whip and half mayo, use ceasar dressing instead (tried it with italian, ceasar has more"zing"), and finally I doubled the tuna. You can add more pasta, just depends on your taste!Read More
This is alright as written, but I preferred the additions that other reviewers made. I tried to feel less guilty about eating pasta by using whole wheat pasta. I used 3/4 cup of low-fat sour cream and 3/4 cup mayo. I don't like Italian dressing much, so I used ranch instead. Another reviewer suggested adding 1tsp dill. DO IT! It really gives the pasta a great flavor! I've tried this with tuna or with crab, and they were great.Read More
I have made this recipe quite a few times since discovering it in November. I am giving it 5 stars because my husband loves it and requests it at least once a month (and I have to double the quantity). Only modifications I made were as follows: Use half miracle whip and half mayo, use ceasar dressing instead (tried it with italian, ceasar has more"zing"), and finally I doubled the tuna. You can add more pasta, just depends on your taste!
I had high hopes for this salad because of the marinating process. But in the end it wasn't too much different than any other macaroni salad. The second time I made it I used 1/2c non-fat plain yogurt and 1/2c reduced fat mayo and added 3T of a bottled Caesar dressing I had (in place of marinating in Italian oil dressing) I also added an extra can of tuna. With the modifications, this was pretty yummy. Thanks Maridele.
Good as is, also good with a few alterations for a healthier version- used one box wheat pasta, added low fat ceaser dressing, miracle whip and sour lean. No need to marinate overnight. I also use two 6 ounce cans of tuna and stir in frozen peas! I know this is practically a different recipe, but if you're like me and want to 'health up' recipes sometimes, this works beautifully! This is also really creamy :) YUM.
This was EXCELLENT! The pasta just BURST with flavor due to marinating it over night. I didn't have celery, but added tomatoes instead. I'll bet it'd be good with black olives too!
My husband and son loved this. I did this on the fly, without marinating and it came out great. He's a big fan of macoroni salad and he loved the lighter dressing! I added 2 cans tuna, green olives, sweet Vidalia onions (from Georgia) and Miracle Whip type salad dressing, because I didn't have any Mayo. You can play with the recipe and it still comes out great!
This is alright as written, but I preferred the additions that other reviewers made. I tried to feel less guilty about eating pasta by using whole wheat pasta. I used 3/4 cup of low-fat sour cream and 3/4 cup mayo. I don't like Italian dressing much, so I used ranch instead. Another reviewer suggested adding 1tsp dill. DO IT! It really gives the pasta a great flavor! I've tried this with tuna or with crab, and they were great.
I made this recipe with the following changes: I used 1/2 cup Miracle Whip, 1/2 Canola Mayo in place of the mayonnaise and I did not marinade overnight as I never plan ahead. I added all the ingredients from the sour cream down in a large bowl, mixed well and then added the macaroni. Over the top of the macaroni I added the Italian dressing and mixed it all together. My picky teenage daughters loved it (and they hate tuna) and my husband like the zing the Italian dressing gave it. I thought it was great as well!
I made this for my family reunion and everyone loved it! It had a wonderful flavor from the italian dressing that was a huge hit!!! I didn't have any leftovers and several people went home with the recipe! I'll make this again and again!!
Although it's not summer, I had to try this. It sounded so good for lunch!! It was as good as it sounded. I used low fat rasberry vinegarette as the marinade,low fat mayo, and sour cream. I also didnt have celery so added green peppers and eggs instead. YUM! The only modification I might make next time is 3/4 c. mayo and an extra can of tuna.
Very tasty- and easy, too. I used one and a half boxes of macaroni and kept all of the other measurements the same, except for about 1/2 cup of italian dressing and 2 cans of tuna. I marinated the pasta for a few hours and then put it all together the night before I was to serve it. Then right before serving, I added a few tbsp. of mayo to moisten it up. It was a hit!
I didn't have any Italian dressing, so used about 1/2 ranch dressing instead. I also had some extra green pepper, so chopped up about 1/3 cup of that, and also threw in a teaspoon of dried drill. Really good & easy to make, plus all the ingredients are things I usually have on hand. It's even better the 2nd day.
Delicious! I made it with fat-free Italian salad dressing, light, (low-fat) Miracle Whip, and low-fat sour cream. It is still scrumptious!!
I didn't marinate this w/ the dressing. Instead I wisked all the wet ingredients together and poured it on the pasta, stirred and refridgerated for 3 hours. I did add shredded carrot to it. Good. THX
Delicious! Great base for alterations as well. Used Miracle whip Light = mayo Fat Free Sour Cream Creamy Balsamic Dressing = Italian Style w/o celery added handfuls of Shredded cheese Double reciepe Wish I had some frozen peas... Going to use for lunches this week. Easy to make, if you are willing to marinate (though other reviews indicate it is not necessary) Strong, vibrant flavor (I may of been heavy handed with my spices...)
I made this in the morning to eat for dinner, so marinating time was not overnight, but it was still delicious. I used a red onion and a 12 oz. can of tuna instead of 6 oz. Hubby likes tuna, alot. We enjoyed this. Thank you for the recipe.
I really like this recipe, but in order to make it healthier I like to substitute fat free plain yogurt for the mayo. It works well because this salad already has a bite to it from the dressing. Also, I have done this with both Italian and Caesar dressings with great results!
This is a super recipe, I only made 2 modifications. I mix this up with low-fat mayo and 0% chobanni plain yogurt, I add in 1.5 cups of frozen peas. I also throw in 2 cans of tuna like another reviewer suggested. I didn't have italian dressing, so I made some from this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/italian-dressing-mix/detail.aspx Overall the salad is awesome. Its the best tuna macaroni salad I've ever had. Everyone that eats it comments on how great it is.
This was AWESOME! Me and my family couldn't get enough so needless to say this dish went QUICK! Thanks for an awesome recipe, definite keeper!
This was really great, however I did listen to some that said it was a bit too wet. Even the photos of it made me wonder. So, I made the wet mixture of most ingredients in a separate bowl and added it little by little. I did not marinate beyond an hour because of time constraint, but the italian flavor was great (I used Good Seasons). Instead of celery I used red pepper and no onion because I didn't have any. I added two tbsp of relish which added a really nice flavor and only one can of tuna. But I think I used less than half of the mixture and it was way less soupy than it would have been and it was greatly to our liking. We will definitely make this one again!
Very good salad. The marinading process really helps it to stay creamy instead of it soaking up all the mayo.
FISH?!?!? NO WAY?!?!?This was the response I got from my 4 kids who hate fish. They each had 3-4 helpings, even after I told them they were eating fish. I personally like the flavor the Italian dressing gives. Go for the low fat for the dressing,sour cream and mayo. It tastes the same
Really, really good! My first time making this. I made this for a cook out I threw and everyone loved it! This will be my only tuna macaroni salad recipe I ever make and am looking forward to making this again this weekend. I did follow another users suggestion and used 2 cans tuna and I also used ceaser dressing instead of italian. Thanks!
I substituted celeri for green peppers and sun dried tomato dressing instead of italian and no sour cream. It was delicious, the mayo and dressing taste is great!
I made this for my parents party this past weekend and it was a hit! my brother in law even declared the large bowl of leftovers.. Very good , thanks for sharing!
I made this tonight and my husband didn't really like it. I thought it was ok tasting but the italian dressing was a little overpowering to me. However, if that's what you like...then this is the recipe for you.
I made this recipe for the 4th of July. I used one pound of pasta and drenched the pasta in 8oz. of bottled Italian dressing for 5 hours. After adding all the ingedients, I found it alittle too "saucey" so I added a tomato and an extra can of tuna. I received more compliments on this dish and it made me very happy!
This was a hit with my family... The marinade really gives the pasta flavor. The only thing I did different was add a few hardboiled eggs and use Miracle whip for the mayo, only because thats all I had on hand... I might just use it again because it came out so well... Thanks for the great recipe.
Excellent recipe!!! I tweaked it a bit with a mix of macaroni and small pasta shells, less salt and added small cubed yellow peppers, carrots and spinach and olives!!! I made the Italian dressing from scratch also a recipe from here (it was a great touch to the salad). I garnished it with wedges of boiled eggs was devoured!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!
Great twist on an otherwise boring salad - marinating the mac in Italian dressing really amped up the flavor. I too added chopped green olives and a 2nd can of tuna. Thanks for the great recipe.
This was good. I think I will omit the sour cream next time, made it a little tangy. However, I will agree with other reviewers that is is very versitile will try some new veggies next time.
This is great. I can take it to work all week and the salad quality never changes. I use light sour cream, as well as 2 cans of tuna which I think it needs because it's a sizeable salad. Otherwise, I make as directed. Definitely make this a day ahead to allow the flavors to meld. I've never had a problem with the salad being too wet or dry.
i think adding the sour cream was a little too much. I substituted the celery for peas... just because that's how I've always had macaroni salad. other than that.. I think this was very good and will definitely make it again!
Yum! I changed the recipe quite a bit but it still turned out great... I like how you can play with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Instead of onions and celery, I used cooked peas (from frozen) and fresh chopped red pepper. I also used 2 cans of tuna. I thought 1 cup mayo seemed like too much and I don't like it that creamy so I used half that and a little more sour cream (lite) and caeser dressing (lite) and few drizzles of olive oil... then squeezed a bit of lemon juice on it and crushed 2 teaspoons of capers... really gave it a nice zing. I used onion powder instead of onions. The chopped red peppers in there gave it a nice sweet crunch and the caesar, lemon juice and capers gave it a nice tangy flavor... an addictive combination of flavors!
This recipe is seriously awesome. I gave it 5 stars, even though I made some revisions, because I can tell this is clearly a great base recipe, perfect for making your own additions/subtractions of ingredients. I whipped this up for lunch because my mom was coming over and I had not planned anything, so I didn't marinate it. I used less than half the mayo it called for, and probably a little more sour cream than 1/2 c. I didn't have celery, but I did throw in a banana pepper -- seriously adds an AWESOME kick, for those of us who like that kind of flavor. SO glad I made this!! It took less than half an hour to throw together, and it is seriously DELICIOUS!! Thanks for the great recipe!
I made this last weekend for a volleyball tournament and it was very good.
Skipped the marinade... and it was equally as delicious. I used a 1:1 ratio for the sour cream and mayo. Yum! Easy and delicious!
Really good. Used ingredients I had in the house and some hints from reviews I read. Followed directions but needed to change ingredients a little. Used 1/2 mayo. and 1/2 Miracle Whip, chopped red onion, celery salt in place of celery stalks, added a little Lawry seasoning salt and left out the sour cream because I had none in the house. Will be making this again.
This was ok
I can't really say how this recipe tastes since i didn't follow it exactly. I used half a box of tri color pasta, 1 can of tuna, some frozen peas, mayo, lite Cesar dressing, salt and pepper. I didn't marinate it since i was short on time. This came out great though! I ate the whole thing for breakfast and lunch. Yummm
I am a pasta salad lover; my wife not so much. I have tried many versions of a traditional macaroni salad, but this was my favorite. Not a huge fan of tuna in my salad, but I kept it in and added peas, but left out the onion. I also included some fresh quartered grape tomatoes from the garden and a little dill weed. The key ingredient was the Italian dressing. That is what made the entire difference. The veggie ingredients used could probably vary by each cook, but the Italian dressing is what made the difference. Saving this recipe to use for myself again.
Very good as a main dish or a side dish. We have found that the longer it sits, the better it tastes. Make it the day before for maximum flavor. Thank you for sharing! For added taste and crunch, add some thinly sliced, chopped radishes.
I loved this recipe! Based on the other reviews I also added another can of tuna and I used low fat ranch dressing instead of the Italian. I think it works with whatever dressing you want. I also used a little more dressing and less mayo.
I loved the added flavor of the italian dressing.
This was pretty good. I made extra noodles and had most of the ingredients on hand so I made this and served in over lettuce. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to make it unless I had extra noodles again.
This is the vest tuna macaroni salad ive ever had!
I modified it by adding 6 boiled eggs diced up. Then I replaced the mayo and sour cream and Italian dressing marinade with ; One packet of dry Italian dressing mix with one large egg, one whole lemon pureed, and one half cup of my favorite ultra lite oil- - - blended with 1/2 cup sour cream added in at the end. Then I folded in 1 (ONE) CUP OF HALF COOKED WHOLE WHEAT NOODLES , the celery. onion, garlic, salmon , salt, cayenne, black pepper, and paprika and chilled (8 hours minimum) ,, that is good 'tuna' salad.
AWESOME!! I used Caesar Italian Dressing and added to the mix: 1/4-cup chopped bread and butter pickles, 1/4-tsp ground mustard, and 1/4-tsp fresh dill weed. I also used a small onion, which made just enough... I think more would have been overkill.
Great recipe with or without the tuna! Takes a little time but it's worth the wait! Great for summer evening meal.
I followed the recipe without any additions, deletions or substitutions and although my son quite enjoyed it (he'll eat anything!) I feel I have made better macaroni salad in the past. Glad I tested it before making a larger quantity for an upcoming family barbeque. Back to the drawing board.
Loved this! I didn't have any Italian dressing so I used some Greek vinaigrette I had on hand. I also added an additional can of tuna. It made a very creamy and flavorful salad. Thanks!
This is a great basic recipe! I did not use sour cream because I had run out, but I just used mayo- reduced fat Hellman's that tasted great. I also used low fat Italian dressing which seasoned it perfectly so that I, who usually think everything needs extra salt and pepper, did not have to add any salt or pepper at all. I increased the tuna to 2 cans and added chopped black olives.
My family loves this recipe. I add a some chopped bell peppers (red/yellow/orange)to give the salad some colour
I added 2 hard oiled eggs, 1/2 small can sliced olives, a 1/4 treason horseradish, 1/2 of a petite small orange sweet pepper, and changed tuna to canned salmon...paprika on top...M MM. Magnificent...good
I'm not a celery person so I left that out. I also increased the amount of dressing and tuna.
This is a great one-dish meal. I added a half cup of frozen petite peas as suggested in a review. I also added some quartered cherry tomatoes for color.
I just made this recipie and it came out great oven though I skipped the marinade and just mixed and served! I did use Ceaser instead of Italian, used rotini tri-color and omitted the celery because that is what I had on-hand. Otherwise great kick to the usual tuna salad
I made this recipe on Thanksgiving, it was good and tangy.
Very good recipe. I always read reviews before I make a new recipe. I used caesar salad dressing instead of italian. And I also did 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup miracle whip. Also, I did not marinate the macaroni in the dressing overnite. I just mixed it all together at once and chilled it overnite. This recipe is a keeper for me and will definitely replace my old one.
I loved this Salad. Although I confess I did not add the tuna...I added my vegetarian chicken instead. Had great flavor though!
OMG this is so creamy and yummy...I am not a huge fan of celery so I used celery seasoning which I think works well...I made a big portion of this and added fresh tomatoes and scallions...it was wonderful
We made this up north and again for my son's birthday party - everyone loved it. We didn't have leftovers at the party so 8
Delicious, I used an Itailian dressing mix and just stirred it in with the dressing, some of the best tuna noodle salad Ive ever had!
This is a wonderful tuna dish! Followed recipe exactly except marinated pasta in balsamic dressing since it's what I had.
the flavor was superb, but I thought it was too wet so next time I will go easy on the dressing.
EXCELLENT RECIPE!!!! TASTED GREAT! EVEN THE KIDS LOVED IT.
My late mother used to make this all the time. But she added so much more to this recipe. Drain a can of kidney beans, corn, and peas and add to this. Flavor it with shredded blends of white cheese. Serve chilled.
I made this back in the summer except, I didn't marinade the pasta - I'm making this for our Super Bowl party this weekend so I will have time to! So excited!! ??
Finally I found a recipe that made my dull tuna salad get some zing! I used reduced fat or "Light" everything to try to cut calories but it was so good!
Yummo! My family loved this macaroni salad recipe. I did accidentally open up a small can of chicken and added it, then after realizing this I added a can of tuna. This recipe rocked! Thanks for posting! We will be making this delish dish again
Ok, so I don't like when people reviews recipes that they have changed a ton. But I think that the changes I made kept all of the flavors and just cut down on the calorie count. I made 2 cups of noodles because it was just for me, and then marinated them in light Italian dressing overnight. Then I used about 1/4 c mayo, 1/2 c light miracle whip and about 1/3 c light sour cream. I didn't have any celery so I used about 1/2 t of celery salt. Awesome! I couldn't wait for lunchtime...had it two days in a row and can't wait to make again. Thanks for sharing!
I really enjoyed this. It's quite tasty! Of course it is a basic recipe and you can do all sorts of modifications. Myself, I had no good celery in the fridge, so I used about 1/4 tsp. of celery salt. I also added a small jar of pimentos. I used two cans of tuna and added just a little more of the sour cream and mayo (about a tablespoon of each) to get the consistency I like. I used fresh coarsely ground pepper and seasalt (modified since I used the celery salt) and it tasted great! Oh, I only marinated for 4 hrs. It was sufficient to marinate into the pasta.
I like this recipe although mine wasn't exactly the same. I used Russian dressing instead of italian and used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Also added some small cubed pepper jack cheese pieces and dill. Unfortunately I didn't have any celery on hand but will definitely use it next time. Thanks for sharing!
I don't usually rate a recipe if I made any changes, but in the case, I think the changes I did made it better. I used 2 tbsp minced onion (didn't have fresh one on hand) and added peas & cajan seasoning. Oh, and I used rotini b/c I didn't have macaroni on hand either. Not big changes but definitely for the better. This a simple, yummy go-to tuna salad.
This was quite good. I did make just a couple of changes. I added peas (frozen, thawed at room temperature), an extra can of tuna and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. I liked the way the salad stayed moist. Most macaroni salads I make seem to dry out the next day. This one did not and tasted even better the next day or two. Really enjoyed this, and I will definitely make it again!
This was good, but needed additions. I doubled the amount of tuna, added in chunks of sharp cheddar, and a bit of ranch dressing. Otherwise, it would've been too dry.
This is good but it's too salty for me so i decided to reduce the portion of salt to 1/2 a teaspoon. And I also decided to add some carrot slices and purple cabbage slices to make it more colorful.
This was okay. Nothing special. I couldn't really taste the flavor of the dressing and it ended up being a little dry after it chilled anyway.
I love love love this recipe! Although I didnt put in the sour cream.. I added half miracle whip and half mayo. But I didnt marinate the noodles overnight with the italian dressing, I just mixed all the dressings together and it tastes great! Perfect and easy to make.
I loved this salad!! I really like the addition of the italian dressing... my one substitution was to add miracle whip instead of mayo...(not a big fan) The dressing was fabulous...will definatley make again...
It is also good with crab or salad shrimp.
I cut the salt in half and used seasoned rice vinegar instead of Italian dressing. Came out great
I swapped out Italian dressing for Brianna's New American (a creamy baslamic dressing) and it was fab!
I made it with spaghetti because I didn't have any macaroni. I broke the spaghetti in half. It was very tasty.
We loved this salad! I left out the sour cream due to dairy allergies and added a second can of tuna. I was trying to eat fewer carbs but really blew it by making this -- I could not stop eating it!
This turned out delicious. Might consider adding hard boiled eggs.
This is very good. I added 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 cup of frozen pears (thawed & drained), 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and a little dill flavoring. Delicious...my husband ate almost the dish.
This recipe brings back memories of dinner on the porch with fresh veggies and cold iced tea and homemade bread. My mother always made this in the warm months. It was a true sign that summer had arrived when this appeared for dinner. I love it!
Made it just as written, although doubled the recipe because I was pretty sure it was going to be good...and it sure was! And it's the kind of recipe that you can add/remove ingredients to suit your tastes. I added a little dill to give it a hint of that pickly flavor and next time I might add some red bell pepper for color.
Great recipe. The italian dressing added the right amount of zing. I used red onion for color. It was great as is, but I added black olives and fresh spring onions (just for my personal taste). I served this on a bed of lettuce. Everyone loved it.
Nice salad. Due to my family's preferences, I used pickles instead of celery and onion powder instead of chopped onion. I let it sit overnight, and it became rather dry so I added pickle juice to moisten it. I think next time I'll add tomatoes as well; something was missing.
Made this yesterday. Started marinating at noon, then assembled at 6pm. I've made a lot of tuna pasta salads in my day, with the usual all-mayo base, but I have to say I wish I would have found this earlier. I like the addition of sour cream and Italian dressing. It took my regular, boring tuna salad to an all new level. I used shell-shaped pasta and added a little mustard because that's how we like it. Delicious. I will make it this way from now on:)
Good. I omitted the tuna and added egg and served it as a side dish. Then to the leftovers I added chicken that I marinated in italian dressing to have for lunches that week. I recommend that you refridgerate the salad overnight, it gives time for all the flavors to meld.
Very tasty. I increased the Italian dressing and added chopped radishes and about a half of a bag of frozen peas. Great dish!
Great recipe! Makes a great lunch or dinner on a hot summer day. The only changes I made was that I cut back on the onion a little and added some shredded carrots. Maybe next time I'll add some peas.
Just what I was looking for! Only thing I did different was not marinating the noodles...just mixed everything together at once. Next time I think I'll add hard boiled eggs for something extra :)
This recipe is rich and creamy and easy to make. My wife thought there was too many noodles. Will make again with 2 cups of noodles. Made this a second time using 2 cups of noodles and double the Italian dressing and it came out even better.
We really liked the simplicity and easiness! Plus, we had all the ingredients laying around.