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cold tuna macaroni salad
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Tuna Macaroni Salad

Southern cold macaroni tuna salad. Perfect for cookouts!
Course pasta salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, southern
Keyword elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, tuna salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Divas Can Cook


  • 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely diced mixture of celery green bell pepper, and onion (see note)
  • 1/4 cup dill relish
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 2 6 oz cans tuna, drained
  • 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise I used Dukes
  • black pepper Old Bay, seasoning salt to taste
  • parsely paprika, garnish


  • Cook pasta according to package and rinse with cold water when done. Drain & set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add cold pasta, chopped eggs, celery, bell pepper, and onion mixture.
  • Toss to combine.
  • Add in dill relish, sweet relish and tuna.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Stir in mayonnaise.
  • Season to taste with black pepper, Old Bay and seasoning salt (if needed)
  • Spread into a casserole dish.
  • Garnish with paprika and parsley flakes.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.



VEGETABLE MIXTURE: For the finely diced vegetable you can use a mixture of onion, celery, bell peppers or even carrots. (whatever you like here!) You can even use just one of them.
ADD MORE MAYO: If you find your salad isn't as creamy the next day feel free to add in more mayo.