Tuna, Noodles, Pickles and Cheese


This recipe came from my grandmother, who used peas in her version instead of pickles. My mother changed the recipe and I have altered it even more. The flavors of these ingredients blended together in what is reminiscent of a cold macaroni or potato salad will be your family's new favorite!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 2 dill pickles, chopped

  • 6 ounces Colby-Jack cheese, cubed

  • 1 (5 ounce) can albacore tuna in water, drained and flaked

  • ½ cup light mayonnaise

  • ½ teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

  • 1 teaspoon dill pickle juice


  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Rinse under cold running water, then drain well and pat lightly with paper towels.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the macaroni, pickles, cheese, tuna, mayonnaise and mustard. Season with a splash of pickle juice, salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Optional Additional Ingredients:

Diced carrots, diced cucumbers, chopped celery, finely minced white, yellow, or Vidalia onions, finely chopped green onions.

Optional Garnishes:

Hard-cooked egg slices, tomato wedges, lettuce leaf bed.

Optional Substitutions:

Salad Dressing such as Ranch or Thousand Island instead of mayonnaise, peas instead of pickles.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
18g Fat
55g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1611mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 224mg 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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