Grandma Wells' Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe -
Grandma Wells' Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Grandma Wells' Tuna Macaroni Salad

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"Kitty's birthday salad. Traditionally we have made this every July for years and years. Until Grandma Wells died, the kids never knew it was originally her recipe from the 1960s."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    55 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain macaroni and cool under running water.
  2. Place macaroni into a large salad bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, green peas, tuna, celery, Cheddar cheese, red onion, and chopped sweet pickle until thoroughly combined. Chill and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 07, 2012

I thought this looked good enough that i should have a rating, so i tried it. I ran short on celery so i added a little celery salt. Also used sweet relish in place of the pickle. This is as any other Tuna Mac Salad on this site. And i like the fact that this was someones Grandma's recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 03, 2013

My family loves tuna macaroni salad but no one liked this at all.

Jul 16, 2012

This Tuna Salad recipe is PERFECT just the way it is published. Don't try to put your own little twist on it.. just leave it alone. My family and guests loved it! It will become a new family tradition. Thanks for sharing a GREAT recipe Grandma Wells and Family... delicious!!!

Jun 23, 2012

Really family enjoyed. I used 13 oz box of mini wagon wheel pasta, 2 cans of albacore tuna, light mayo, reduced fat shredded cheddar, vidalia onion, the celery and had to use pickle relish..oh and of course added defrosted frozen baby peas. Yummy! Thanks!

Jul 15, 2012

This is how tuna salad is supposed to be. If you want fancy'schmancy then go make up your own recipe and leave this one alone! Thank you Grandma Wells. Did you happen to know my Great Grandma Snopl? Her tuna salad tasted remarkably similar to yours! Yum!

Jan 28, 2013

This is so good! Thanks for posting. Kept everything the same.

May 13, 2013

I just made this to take for lunch a couple of days this week. I shreaded the cheese because we don't have the bigger elbow macaroni in the Netherlands, only little bitty ones, and I didn't want the cheese to be bigger than the noodles. I also haved the recipe because I live alone and get really sick of eating the same foods too often. However, I am not so sure I would get sick of this! Very yummie.

Mar 14, 2013

This was tasty and easy. Good all American salad great for summer BBQ's.


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  • Calories
  • 359 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 12.5 g
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 323 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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