Tuna, Noodles, Pickles and Cheese

Tuna, Noodles, Pickles and Cheese


"This recipe came from my grandmother, who used peas in her version instead of pickles. My mother changed the recipe and I have altered it even more. The flavors of these ingredients blended together in what is reminiscent of a cold macaroni or potato salad will be your family's new favorite!"


20 m servings 500 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 500 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Carbs:
  • 55.4g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 28 g
  • 56%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 1638 mg
  • 66%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 7 minutes. Rinse under cold running water, then drain well and pat lightly with paper towels.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the macaroni, pickles, cheese, tuna, mayonnaise and mustard. Season with a splash of pickle juice, salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


  • Optional Additional Ingredients:
  • Diced carrots, diced cucumbers, chopped celery, finely minced white, yellow, or Vidalia onions, finely chopped green onions.
  • Optional Garnishes:
  • Hard-cooked egg slices, tomato wedges, lettuce leaf bed.
  • Optional Substitutions:
  • Salad Dressing such as Ranch or Thousand Island instead of mayonnaise, peas instead of pickles.
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  1. 35 Ratings


It just cracks me up (actually frustrates me to no end) when people write negative comments on a recipe that they have altered beyond recognition; for example; Why would anyone use Franks Hot sa...

I added a little fresh ground pepper and a dash of Frank's Hot Sauce. My husband took half of this to work with him for lunch and my kids ate the rest. One kid like it, one didn't and my husband...

My wife made this recipe for me, and I thought I would hate tuna and pickles together, but this is really good. I even eat the leftovers for breakfast. Use big pickles, like Claussen pickles, or...

This was really good. I haven't made Tuna Mac Salad in awhile. I used ranch salad dressing instead of mayo (it's what I had more of)...and I doubled the recipe, I also added onions and used a ...

This was delicious!!! I served it as a side dish, but I think it could stand alone for lunch. The only change I made was to use 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese instead of the cubes, because ...

This was fast and easy to make. Omitted the cheese but I did add some peas,paprika,celery salt,pepper and onion powder.It taste great!

This is very good! All my kids favorite ingredients combined into one dish. I used bowtie pasta instead of elbow macaroni. I also used dill pickles and pickle juice from the dill pickles recipe ...

I am always on the lookout for a really flavorful pasta salad, and I love pickles! I added 1/2 tsp. onion powder and 1/2 tsp. black pepper for a little more flavor. Also used grated cheese inste...

I will not make this recipe again. It has potential, but definitely lacks something. Additionally, it was very dry, even with extra mayo.