Summer Picnic Macaroni Salad

READY IN: 18mins
Recipe by lockedhalo

This is the macaroni salad that is served at every family gathering or picnic during the warm weather. It is a true summer comfort food. It also seems to get better with age. I hope you enjoy it.

Top Review by jjinut

Very good warm weather dish. I used canned chicken and pasta shells. We will have this again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain the macaroni.
  2. Pour a mixture of 3 tablespoons vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar over the drained (still in the colander) macaroni.
  3. Drain the macaroni (again).
  4. In a large bowl mix salad macaroni, peas, baby gherkins, celery, sweet onion, tuna, cubed cheese.
  5. Dressing: Take the mayo, sugar, some vinegar, salt and pepper to taste; mix into the macaroni mixture. You may want to add more dressing.
  6. This is a very forgiving salad. You can sub salad shrimp, ham or chicken for the tuna or ditch the meat/fish and add some grated carrots (if using carrots you might want to cut back on the sweet pickles), diced zucchini and diced red peppers.
  7. Chill, check the dressing and enjoy.

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