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Macaroni Salad with Tuna | Pasta Salad with Tuna

This macaroni salad with tuna is a delicious BBQ side dish that everyone will love. We've been making this tuna macaroni salad since I was a kid and it's always requested at pot lucks!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 490kcal
Author Becca Ludlum


Ingredients for BBQ Pasta Salad with Tuna:

  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1.5 cup cucumber skinned and chopped
  • 1 cup red pepper chopped
  • .5 cup carrots shredded
  • 6 hard boiled eggs shelled and chopped
  • 1 box macaroni
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 C mayo Adjust to taste

Optional: salt and pepper to taste


    Directions for making Macaroni Salad with Tuna:

    • Boil pasta and let cool. I add ice to the colander after it's cooked, while I'm making the rest of the salad.
    • Chop your veggies and eggs while pasta is cooling.
    • Mash up the tuna into smaller chunks
    • Add pasta, mustard and 1/2C mayo to bowl. Add tuna, veggies, and eggs. Add mayo in 1/4C increments until you're satisfied with the consistency. This salad tastes best when allowed to sit overnight before serving. You'll probably need to add mayo to salad before serving.


    Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2220IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg