Mac 'n Tuna Salad

This recipe is not really anything ultra gourmet, or lowfat, and should not be filed under culinary masterpieces, however, it is so damn good, I could eat the entire bowl.
I make this in the summer when I don't feel like cooking. Yesterday, I made it in the a.m., packed it in a cooler and took it to the beach for a picnic lunch. Everyone loved it!
You are probably thinking, it isn't really blog worthy, but I thought I would put it on, afterall, it is a food blog, and I am sure my editor won't mind.

This is the stuff your mother used to make (not my mother, she never made something this yummy!!! ouch).

Tuna and Macaroni Salad: (there is no real recipe, I make it as I go, do your thing)

1 lb. pasta, shells or farfalle (bowties), cooked & rinsed in cold water
4 ribs chopped celery
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 c. defrosted peas
3 cans of drained tuna

Now, the rest of the ingredients are your choice, I throw in whatever I have in the vegetable bin that is about to be thrown away (shredded carrots are good too).

a couple of chopped scallions
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
a handful of chopped dill and/or fresh parsley


1 cup HELLMAN'S mayo (I know that's a lot of mayo, but I like it like that)
2 tbsp Gulden's spicy brown mustard
3 tbsp of pickle relish w/ a little pickle juice
salt and pepper

Mix all together and refrigerate until ready to eat. This is addictive and the kids will love it!


This is definitely blog worthy! Great picnic fare!
Anonymous said…
This recipe is close to a classic my mother & aunts used to make for the herd of kids - triple the ingredients and you have a clan feast! We'd have this along with lots of fruit during hot summer days at the lake in upstate NY...thanks for the flashback, Sta!
Anonymous said…
Hi Sta, My mom used to make her macaroni salad similar to this but minus the pickle relish. I can't wait to try it this way.I sometimes make this as a meal for the kids. It's even better the next day!
issim iraniram xo
Brenda Adamson said…
This is a great blog recipe. My girls grew up eating this kind of pasta salad--it is tasty, affordable and effortless.
sj said…
you made my favorite tuna salad right there! and with hellman's too :) I knew I liked you! Yummy!
Giff said…
I'm going to have to try this out on my daughter. Glad you didn't censor yourself.

"I am sure my editor won't mind" indeed -- too funny.
I just love reading your posts again...and the tuna salad sounds so good. I'm hungry right now and could go for a tuna sandwich. I love the olive addition. Joe would like that too. Thanks for the delicious recipe.