Rating: 4.41 stars
68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1

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!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

491 calories; protein 26.3g; carbohydrates 55.4g; fat 18g; cholesterol 55.3mg; sodium 1611.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (70)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2014
It just cracks me up (actually frustrates me to no end) when people write negative comments on a recipe that they have altered beyond recognition; for example; Why would anyone use Franks Hot sauce especially, in a tuna noodle and pickle salad? Really? It's no wonder it wasn't a hit with anyone in her family! I found this salad exceptional, I made it as stated, however, it's one that would be adaptable to your families likes however, if you change it, and it isn't a big hit, don't rate it as the original! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/15/2012
I added a little fresh ground pepper and a dash of Frank's Hot Sauce. My husband took half of this to work with him for lunch and my kids ate the rest. One kid like it, one didn't and my husband was indifferent. Basic tuna pasta salad that was easy to prepare but not a home run for this family. It's a nice base recipe. Read More
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68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2014
It just cracks me up (actually frustrates me to no end) when people write negative comments on a recipe that they have altered beyond recognition; for example; Why would anyone use Franks Hot sauce especially, in a tuna noodle and pickle salad? Really? It's no wonder it wasn't a hit with anyone in her family! I found this salad exceptional, I made it as stated, however, it's one that would be adaptable to your families likes however, if you change it, and it isn't a big hit, don't rate it as the original! Read More
(108)
Rating: 3 stars
08/15/2012
I added a little fresh ground pepper and a dash of Frank's Hot Sauce. My husband took half of this to work with him for lunch and my kids ate the rest. One kid like it, one didn't and my husband was indifferent. Basic tuna pasta salad that was easy to prepare but not a home run for this family. It's a nice base recipe. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2006
My wife made this recipe for me, and I thought I would hate tuna and pickles together, but this is really good. I even eat the leftovers for breakfast. Use big pickles, like Claussen pickles, or else there won't be enough (if you use small dills). Pretty much add everything to taste - we put in a whole 8 oz block of cheese! This was great for the kids, too. Just serve some tomatoes and fruit on the side. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2009
This was delicious!!! I served it as a side dish, but I think it could stand alone for lunch. The only change I made was to use 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese instead of the cubes, because that's what I had on hand. I think there was a little too much cheese, I would cut back on that next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2006
This was really good. I haven't made Tuna Mac Salad in awhile. I used ranch salad dressing instead of mayo (it's what I had more of)...and I doubled the recipe, I also added onions and used a deli mustard. Really loved the pickle and cheese part of the recipe! Plan on making this lots this summer, Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2013
This was fast and easy to make. Omitted the cheese but I did add some peas,paprika,celery salt,pepper and onion powder.It taste great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2008
I am always on the lookout for a really flavorful pasta salad, and I love pickles! I added 1/2 tsp. onion powder and 1/2 tsp. black pepper for a little more flavor. Also used grated cheese instead of cubes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2009
This is very good! All my kids favorite ingredients combined into one dish. I used bowtie pasta instead of elbow macaroni. I also used dill pickles and pickle juice from the dill pickles recipe by sharon howard on this site. I will be making this again! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2007
This is exactly what I was looking for! I made it using fat free mayo whole wheat pasta and garlic dill pickles. I think next time I will add some onion and celery. Read More
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