Cold Macaroni and Tuna Salad


This cold tuna salad is a simple and good recipe that is great served on those hot summer days. It can even be prepared the night before so that it is ready and cold when you come home from work the next day. My husband never ate this until we got married; now, he requests it every other week in the summer. You can substitute chicken for the tuna, which is also great. I serve it on a leaf of lettuce, for looks, with an assortment of crackers. Happy eating!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins


  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 ¾ cups macaroni

  • ½ (10 ounce) package frozen English peas

  • 2 (5 ounce) cans tuna, drained

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 15 minutes. Remove eggs from hot water, cool under cold running water, and peel.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse under cold water.

  3. Put frozen peas into a colander and rinse with hot water; drain well.

  4. Place macaroni and peas in a large bowl. Dice eggs and add to the bowl. Put tuna in the bowl, flaking it apart.

  5. Stir mayonnaise into tuna mixture, a little at a time, until mixture is moist but not soggy. Season with salt and pepper and mix one last time. Cover and refrigerate for a least 1 hour or overnight.


You can also add celery, onions, green peppers, pecans, or walnuts.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
10g Fat
41g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 220mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 223mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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