Picnic Macaroni Salad


This is a macaroni salad that goes great with baked beans and any barbecued or grilled meat - perfect for a picnic.

Picnic Macaroni Salad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package macaroni

  • 1 ½ cups ranch dressing

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 (6 ounce) can small pitted black olives, juice reserved

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon adobo seasoning

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans solid white tuna, drained and crumbled

  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and let cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  2. Mix ranch dressing, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons reserved olive juice, garlic powder, adobo, and pepper together in a bowl.

  3. Pour dressing mixture into cooled macaroni. Add olives, tuna, and red bell pepper to macaroni; stir well to combine. Chill until serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

611 Calories
38g Fat
47g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 611
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 720mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 294mg 6%

* 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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