Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad


Indulge in the comforting and nostalgic flavors of Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad. This classic dish combines tender pasta, hearty tuna, crisp vegetables, and a creamy, tangy dressing. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or as a hearty lunch, this salad is sure to become a family favorite with its simple yet delightful taste.

Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 280
  • Protein: 15g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 550mg


  • For the Salad:

    • 250g (8.8 oz) elbow macaroni
    • 200g (7 oz) canned tuna, drained
    • 1 medium carrot, diced
    • 1 celery stalk, diced
    • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
    • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    • 50g (1.75 oz) frozen peas, thawed
  • For the Dressing:

    • 150g (5.3 oz) mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and black pepper until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add the cooked and cooled macaroni to the bowl with the dressing.
  4. Add the drained tuna, diced carrot, celery, red bell pepper, red onion, and thawed peas.
  5. Gently mix all ingredients until evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  7. Serve chilled, garnished with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper or a few sprigs of fresh parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Chill Time: Allowing the salad to chill for at least an hour helps the flavors develop and meld together beautifully.
  • Customize Veggies: Feel free to add or substitute vegetables based on your preference, such as diced cucumber or cherry tomatoes.
  • Lighten Up: For a lighter version, substitute some or all of the mayonnaise with additional Greek yogurt.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this salad ahead of time?
  • Yes, this salad can be made up to a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned?
  • Yes, cooked and flaked fresh tuna can be used as a delicious substitute for canned tuna.
How long does this salad keep?
  • The salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Enjoy the nostalgic comfort of Amelia's Tuna Macaroni Salad, a perfect blend of creamy dressing, tender pasta, and fresh vegetables. Whether it's for a casual family meal or a gathering with friends, this salad promises to bring smiles and satisfaction to everyone around the table.