Tuna Macaroni Salad – Simple for Summer

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Enjoy this Tuna Macaroni Salad as a cool main dish this summer or as a substantial side dish at your next barbecue. It packs super well for lunch on the go.

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As I type, I’m craving this salad. I took the pictures yesterday. The salad was scarfed down over the last 24 hours and I miss it. I miss it something fierce.

I have a feeling I’ll be making this Tuna Macaroni Salad a lot this summer. With hearty macaroni, a tangy lemon dressing, and loads of peas, peppers, and tuna, it just may be my new best friend. I love the crunch of the sweet pepper and the soft bite of the noodles combined with all the other goodies.

It’s simple, comes together in minutes and tastes delicious! Even my husband who won’t eat peas in most other foods, loves this salad.

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How I make this cheap:

Tuna Macaroni Salad is pretty economical by virtue of its being a simple pasta salad. Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe even more affordable:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale! When I see a great price on pasta, I buy a lot of it. We almost always have a stockpile of noodles in the pantry. Frozen peas and red peppers go on sale often. And tuna is easy to stock up on to keep on hand.

Tools I use to make this recipe easy:

This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment to cook pasta! However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe.

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Alice E says:

    Looks good, except for tuna which is just not my thing. If I was to substitute, do you think salmon or chicken would work better? I usually add chicken to pasta salad, but sometimes use salmon. I used to do a tuna version until my sister suggested I try salmon and after I did I never went back to tuna.

    Hope your summer is going well

  2. Sally says:

    Tuna macaroni salad is a summer staple. My basic recipe is a little different and sometimes I substitute some chopped shrimp for the tune. Occasionally I’ll use small shell macaroni instead of elbow macaroni — I like how the peas get caught in the macaroni.

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