Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad

macaroni salad with tuna recipeI know cold summer salads are a favorite this time of  year, and everyone makes them different.  Some add cucumbers, carrots, and other veg.  The problem I’ve had over the years is taste.  Some are watery, some have a yucky flavor, or have no flavor at all.  Don’t ever stick store bought salads in front of me, I’ll shoo it away.  My macaroni salad is one that is asked at every picnic or barbecue we go to.  It is not at all healthy but delicious.  Many say how do you make macaroni salad, so I jabber off the ingredients, but it’s simple.  This is one all the kids eat, if they like tuna, however leave it out if your family doesn’t like canned tuna.  This salad will come out of the fridge ready to eat, without adding any additional mayonnaise.  I think using mayo and Miracle Whip together is what makes this one of the best cold tuna macaroni salad recipes, in my opinion.  You’re welcome to add any veg you like but I keep it simple, for the kids.

Boil eggs and place in ice water once hardboiled to cool(this also makes peeling them a cinch.)  Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain, and cool.  In a large bowl combine macaroni, mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, mustard, onion,  tuna fish, seven eggs(diced or sliced), salt and pepper.  mac salad with tunaMix well and transfer to a prettier serving dish.  Slice remaining eggs and place on top.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Refrigerate 2-4 hours or overnight.

cold tuna macaroni salad


Cold Tuna Macaroni Salad
Recipe Type: side
Author: Nichol @KiddiesCorner Deals
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 8
Macaroni salad with tuna
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni(measure 3 cups uncooked)
  • 10 eggs-hard boiled
  • 1 1/4 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow prepared mustard
  • 2 cans light tuna in water-drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Paprika
  1. Measure 3 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni.
  2. Add water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions, drain and cool.
  3. Place eggs in a pot of water and boil until hard boiled. I allow mine to come to a full boil, turn the heat off, and let sit about 12 minutes. Once hard boiled place in ice water. Peel once cooled and rinse.
  4. In a large bowl combine, macaroni, mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, Mustard, Tuna, Onion, seven eggs, salt and pepper.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Transfer to another serving dish. Slice the three remaining eggs and place evenly over the top.
  7. Sprinkle with paprika.
  8. Refrigerate 2-4 hours or overnight.



  1. Kristen says

    I make this salad all the time and my family loves it. I always add small cubes of tillamook cheddar cheese in it….makes it even better!

    • says

      Hi Kristin, I’m so glad you and your family love my salad:) I’ll have to remember that about the cheese next time I make this!

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