Refreshing Summer Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad

Deni Elwood


This is my family's go to meal during the summer. I make a huge batch of it and we all eat it around the pool all Memorial weekend. I've used Cavatappi pasta instead of elbow macaroni this time so that the cute curly Cavatappi's ridges can grab more tuna. Enjoy!


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1 Hr
10 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 box
    1 lb macaroni, elbow or cavatappi pasta
  • 2 can(s)
    12 oz water packed tuna
  • 1 jar(s)
    14 oz sweet pickle relish
  • 1 jar(s)
    15 oz. miracle whip
  • ·
    salt & pepper to taste

How to Make Refreshing Summer Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad


  1. Bring pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Add pasta to boiling water. Stir and let boil for 8-10 minutes.
    Remove Pasta from pot, drain well then rinse while in colander with cold water from your tap. After pasta is completely cooled, drain well and pour into large bowl.
  2. While pasta is boiling, rough chop a large sweet onion.
  3. Empty the contents of the sweet relish into bowl with pasta and stir. Add the chopped onion and mix into pasta mixture.
  4. Open both cans of tuna and drain well. Empty the cans of tuna, breaking up the tuna as you do. Mix well into pasta mixture. Add the jar of Miracle Whip and mix completely with pasta, relish and onion.
  5. Refrigerate the pasta salad until very cool. Before serving, stir again and add salt and pepper to taste. I like to use sea salt for the taste.
  6. Hint: Sometimes the salad becomes dry (due to the pasta absorbing the liquid), so before serving if it is a little dry, add a small amount of milk to the pasta salad and mix well.

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About Refreshing Summer Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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