By PanNan on June 11, 2003
Photo by PanNan
Photo by PanNan
"Some of the best recipes are the most simple. This is one of those. I prefer it just as written, but you may add any ingredients you choose such as chopped onion, scallions, chives, water chestnuts, chopped hard-boiled eggs, lemon-pepper, dill, parsley, etc. I often take this to potlucks when I need a quick and easy (and economical) dish. I've never had to take home left-overs. Tuna pasta salads can be found at many pot lucks. Albacore tuna is plentiful on the Pacific Coast, and this recipe represents the Western U.S."
Serving Size: 1 (175 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"This was a yummy salad! It was creamy and delicious, and the peas added just the right flavor. I originally gave this recipe 4 stars, but I just had the leftovers for lunch and added some miracle whip instead of mayo, and it was even better! I guess the miracle whip added the extra zip I was looking for. I'm upping my rating! I'll definitely be making this again. Thanks, PanNan!"
"Wonderful. I made it and took it to work for lunch. I added diced cheddar cheese just because I love it! It was great! Thanks for the recipe! "
"Really enjoyed this easy tuna pasta. I like the peas in it, and I used light mayo, very good. Would make a nice lunch time meal."
"Wonderful simple salad was perfect for a light dinner or to bring to a potluck. Thanks PanNan for posting this recipe that we will be having often."
"Simple and delicious. I love this version of the popular "potluck" tuna salad-one. The peas are a nice touch. I used a lot of pepper and the Miracle Whip definitely makes the difference here for me, I think. Thanks."
"I love the simplicity of this. I used garden rotini, steamable mixed veggies, added 3 boiled eggs and half an onion (don't like celery), then reduced the mayo (don't like mayo at all) to about 4 tablespoons and drizzled olive oil on it. I even added some fake bacon bits at some point to make it interesting. Yummy! Thank you for this!"
"i used whole wheat egg noodles because thats all i had when my kids surprised me with a dinner request, added a half a red onion, and used home canned lake michigan salmon instead of tuna.
i went a little heavy on the peas and used two pint of salmon, and a little light on the pasta.
mirical whip to get it just the right consistency. truthfully didnt measure anything.
very very good. took me 20 minutes max."
"This salad is absolutely delicious and is a good basic salad. I changed it up just a bit. Added some cubed co/jack cheese....and a little onion and dill. Yummy!"
"This is almost exactly like the macaroni salad I grew up with. The only difference is we use onion instead of celery. Also we don't thaw the peas. We mix the frozen peas in with the pasta so that it cools the pasta and thaws the peas at the same time."
"It was just ok for me. I felt it needed a fresh herb. Also, a little bit of prepared horseradish for that zip; doesn't have to be horseradish but it definately needs something to make it more memorable."
"Added 1/2 light mayo 1/2 light ranch dressing...yummy!"
"This is a great basic recipe. Perfect for a hot summer day."
"Excellent! Tweaked it a little by using Del Monte Hot Dog Relish (mustard and pickles), green onions instead of white and half a clove of garlic. Finished off with a dash of Tabasco in each. :)"
"Simple and good. Something great to keep in the fridge for lunches."
"The best base recipe! I gave it 5 stars because i added my own twist on it make it perfect for me. I used shell pasta, light miracle whip instead of mayo, onion and some garlic powder, dill weed, salt and pepper. I also omitted the peas as i despise them, but it was delicious, i will never make it another way again."
"Just like mom used to make! Retro salad reminded me of summers on the lake in Minnesota. Thanks. Now if only I could find those little pasta rings mom used to use."
"An excellent recipe to use in the summer. I made this exactly as written. The flavors all went together, and the salad was creamy at service time. I believe I could use light mayonnaise without compromising the flavors of the dish next time I make it. Really, nice! Thank you so much for sharing this good recipe."
"I love a recipe that provides a solid foundation for creativity! We are in the middle of a kitchen rehab and our home has no AC, so cool meals are my faves right now. I doubled it for leftovers and raided the fridge to add onion, dill, and fresh lemon juice. I also realized I was out of frozen peas (sacrilege!) so I substituted frozen corn. Kids loved it (even the one who doesn't eat mayo, onions or celery ... tee hee)."
"Loved this! Simple goodness. I used canola mayo to reduce the fat, added 2/3 of a small minced onion, about a teaspoon of dried dill weed, a generous dash of garlic powder and 3 chopped, diced boiled eggs. This was creamy and yummy and I loved the peas in it. Great summer salad. Thanks for posting, Pan Nan...this one is a keeper!"
"Good basic recipe. thanks"