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Tuna Macaroni Salad Recipe
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Tuna Macaroni Salad

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"Great for summer nights when you don't want to cook!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 day 1 hr 30 mins


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until done. Drain.
  2. Marinate macaroni in Italian dressing for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, celery, garlic powder, tuna, and salt and pepper into macaroni. Chill before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2006

I have made this recipe quite a few times since discovering it in November. I am giving it 5 stars because my husband loves it and requests it at least once a month (and I have to double the quantity). Only modifications I made were as follows: Use half miracle whip and half mayo, use ceasar dressing instead (tried it with italian, ceasar has more"zing"), and finally I doubled the tuna. You can add more pasta, just depends on your taste!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 27, 2011

This is alright as written, but I preferred the additions that other reviewers made. I tried to feel less guilty about eating pasta by using whole wheat pasta. I used 3/4 cup of low-fat sour cream and 3/4 cup mayo. I don't like Italian dressing much, so I used ranch instead. Another reviewer suggested adding 1tsp dill. DO IT! It really gives the pasta a great flavor! I've tried this with tuna or with crab, and they were great.

Jul 23, 2003

I had high hopes for this salad because of the marinating process. But in the end it wasn't too much different than any other macaroni salad. The second time I made it I used 1/2c non-fat plain yogurt and 1/2c reduced fat mayo and added 3T of a bottled Caesar dressing I had (in place of marinating in Italian oil dressing) I also added an extra can of tuna. With the modifications, this was pretty yummy. Thanks Maridele.

Apr 20, 2008

Good as is, also good with a few alterations for a healthier version- used one box wheat pasta, added low fat ceaser dressing, miracle whip and sour lean. No need to marinate overnight. I also use two 6 ounce cans of tuna and stir in frozen peas! I know this is practically a different recipe, but if you're like me and want to 'health up' recipes sometimes, this works beautifully! This is also really creamy :) YUM.

Apr 10, 2003

This was EXCELLENT! The pasta just BURST with flavor due to marinating it over night. I didn't have celery, but added tomatoes instead. I'll bet it'd be good with black olives too!

Jul 21, 2003

My husband and son loved this. I did this on the fly, without marinating and it came out great. He's a big fan of macoroni salad and he loved the lighter dressing! I added 2 cans tuna, green olives, sweet Vidalia onions (from Georgia) and Miracle Whip type salad dressing, because I didn't have any Mayo. You can play with the recipe and it still comes out great!

Apr 05, 2010

I made this recipe with the following changes: I used 1/2 cup Miracle Whip, 1/2 Canola Mayo in place of the mayonnaise and I did not marinade overnight as I never plan ahead. I added all the ingredients from the sour cream down in a large bowl, mixed well and then added the macaroni. Over the top of the macaroni I added the Italian dressing and mixed it all together. My picky teenage daughters loved it (and they hate tuna) and my husband like the zing the Italian dressing gave it. I thought it was great as well!

Jul 04, 2003

I made this for my family reunion and everyone loved it! It had a wonderful flavor from the italian dressing that was a huge hit!!! I didn't have any leftovers and several people went home with the recipe! I'll make this again and again!!


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  • Calories
  • 580 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 37.9 g
  • 58%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 15.3 g
  • 31%
  • Sodium
  • 851 mg
  • 34%

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

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