Grandma Wells' Tuna Macaroni Salad

Grandma Wells' Tuna Macaroni Salad

Katrina Freed 1

"Kitty's birthday salad. Traditionally we have made this every July for years and years. Until Grandma Wells died, the kids never knew it was originally her recipe from the 1960s."


55 m servings 359 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 359 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 22.9 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 25.9g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 12.5 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 323 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain macaroni and cool under running water.
  2. Place macaroni into a large salad bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, green peas, tuna, celery, Cheddar cheese, red onion, and chopped sweet pickle until thoroughly combined. Chill and serve.
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  1. 20 Ratings


I thought this looked good enough that i should have a rating, so i tried it. I ran short on celery so i added a little celery salt. Also used sweet relish in place of the pickle. This is as any...

This Tuna Salad recipe is PERFECT just the way it is published. Don't try to put your own little twist on it.. just leave it alone. My family and guests loved it! It will become a new famil...

Really family enjoyed. I used 13 oz box of mini wagon wheel pasta, 2 cans of albacore tuna, light mayo, reduced fat shredded cheddar, vidalia onion, the celery and had to use pickle r...

This is how tuna salad is supposed to be. If you want fancy'schmancy then go make up your own recipe and leave this one alone! Thank you Grandma Wells. Did you happen to know my Great Grandma...

This is so good! Thanks for posting. Kept everything the same.

I just made this to take for lunch a couple of days this week. I shreaded the cheese because we don't have the bigger elbow macaroni in the Netherlands, only little bitty ones, and I didn't want...

This was tasty and easy. Good all American salad great for summer BBQ's.

I made this to take to a luncheon and it was wonderful! easy to make and everyone loved it.

Just wanted to say thank you again for the recipe. It has now become one of my favourite summer time recipes. My Husband cant get enough of it either.