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Tuna Macaroni Salad

This is our version of an old Betty Crocker recipe. Again, since we are garlic freaks, we kicked up the garlic and tried other improvement. This is a great side dish or along. Great for potlucks.

Ready In:
20mins
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ingredients

  • 1 (7 ounce) package shell macaroni (small sized)
  • 1 (7 ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 1 cup cubed sharp cheddar cheese (we also shredded it and it was ever better)
  • 13 cup minced onion (grated is better)
  • 1 cup salad dressing or 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed (again more is better)
  • 34 teaspoon salt (can be garlic salt)
  • 14 teaspoon pepper
  • 34 cup sliced sweet pickle relish (best if left out) (optional)

directions

  • Cook macaroni as desired AL DENTE.
  • Drain; rinse with cold water.
  • Combine macaroni, cheese, tuna, pickle relish (if used) and onion in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together salad dressing, salt, pepper and garlic.
  • Pour over macaroni mixture and toss to coat.
  • Cover and chill for at least 3 hours (overnight is best).
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"This is our version of an old Betty Crocker recipe. Again, since we are garlic freaks, we kicked up the garlic and tried other improvement. This is a great side dish or along. Great for potlucks."
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  1. monagrenier
    I grew up on this recipe! Instead of the sweet pickle relish my family has always used 3/4 cup of bread and butter pickle slices drained but otherwise straight from the jar -- it gives the sweetness without being TOO sweet. Also I think the salt is a little too much.
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  2. monagrenier
    I grew up on this recipe! Instead of the sweet pickle relish my family has always used 3/4 cup of bread and butter pickle slices drained but otherwise straight from the jar -- it gives the sweetness without being TOO sweet. Also I think the salt is a little too much.
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  3. j_rousom
    I made this salad for a recent potluck BBQ and everyone raved about it! Even after doubling teh recipe, the salad was gone in a flash! The garlic made it delicious and it was easy to make! This is a recipe I will definitely use over and over again!
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  4. Sharon123
    I really enjoyed this salad. I used only 1/2 cup mayo and it was plenty. I also only used about 2 tbls. of relish. I used bottled minced garlic, and for the onion I used green onions. Thank you Whimsical, for a nice light dinner that I paired with veg. bean soup.
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  5. Mysterygirl
    I liked this, although I will admit to reducing the amount of mayo. I don't care for a lot of dressing on anything so I just used about 1/3 C instead of the full 1 cup the recipe calls for. I'll make this again as it was a nice change for lunch.
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