Tuna Macaroni Salad

"You'll crave this salad once you try it, this also works well with chicken in place of the tuna, please do not omit the sweet pickles they *make* this salad! adjust all amounts to suit taste, plan ahead this needs to chill before serving, cooking time is chilling time"
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender; drain then rinse well under cold water; place in a bowl then toss with 1 tablespoon oil to prevent sticking.
  • Add in tuna, onion, bell pepper, celery and sweet pickles; toss to combine.
  • In a bowl mix together mayonnaise with sour cream, sweet relish (if using) garlic powder, yellow mustard (start with 1 tablespoon mustard) and seasoned salt; add to the macaroni mixture; mix well to combine.
  • Season with black pepper to taste.
  • Arrange the cooked egg wedges around the inside of the bowl, then dust the top of the salad and eggs lightly with paprika.
  • Cover and chill at least 3 hours before serving (the longer chilling time the better!).

Questions & Replies

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  1. jeolms
    What is meant by "salad dressing" in "1 cup mayonnaise or 1 cup salad dressing." Is the salad dressing Miracle Whip or an actual salad dressing of some type?


  1. Mary N.
    Update: forgot about this recipe and just made it again. I also chopped up a few eggs into and still used the dill pickles instead of sweet. Used 1/2 mayo, 1/2 miracle whip. Yum! ......I just mixed this one up as I am always trying to find a tuna macaroni salad that I really like for my "go to" recipe. I think this may be the one! I made exactly according to directions except i used dill relish and pickle instead of the sweet because of personal preference. This tasted awesome and that's before its had time to chill! I can't wait to try this in a few hours when I serve with dinner! It was very easy and you can always omit or add extra ingredients per personal taste! Thanks for posting Kitten!!
  2. Jamie H.
    This recipe is absolutely amazing! I did not have sour cream so I used 4 oz. of cream cheese instead. I diced the eggs and added them to the mix. Other than that I followed it as written. Thanks for such a great recipe!
  3. Euphegenia
    Oh my goodness, what a delicious salad! I halved the recipe in case we didn't like it...big mistake. We ate it all at one meal. The only change I made was to add some small cubes of cheese and to chop up the eggs and mix them in. Thank you for posting this recipe!
  4. Anabeck
    Add a drained can of peas. perfection...............
  5. Naturelover
    Excellent! The only thing I left out the sour cream and green onions, didn't have any. Will add the next time I make it. DH said it was the best he's had.


  1. Sara B.
    Left out egg, paprika, sour cream, and pickles. Added cream cheese and extra sweet relish.



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