Easter or Any Holiday Side Dish: Tuna Macaroni Salad

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

Looking for an Easter Sunday brunch, buffet or dinner side dish?  Try my mother’s recipe for tuna macaroni salad. My family, friends and guests just can’t seem to get enough of this and clamor for me to make it year round. It’s a simple recipe yet the combination of ingredients makes it a truly satisfying dish. It’s even better the next day: just don’t forget to refrigerate any leftovers!



1 lb. elbow or bow tie pasta
8-10  hard boiled eggs
1 large plus 1 small can of Bumblebee Solid White Albacore tuna in water
1 5-oz jar Star Spanish Olives stuffed with pimentos (you can buy already chopped if you wish)
2/3 to 1 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise
Sea salt, ground black Pepper and lemon pepper



Boil eggs in advance; allow to cool. Boil macaroni until tender (8-11 minutes). Drain and rinse macaroni. In a (very) large bowl, deposit macaroni : add salt and pepper and stir. Crumble tuna on top—*season the tuna lightly with lemon pepper. Chop and add the green olives. Mix until blended. Add chopped egg—season eggs lightly with sea salt and regular pepper, then toss all ingredients. Add mayonnaise and blend until moist. Garnish with paprika and fresh feathers of dill. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

NOTE: the macaroni tends to absorb the mayo over time. More mayo may have to be added. Serves 8 to 10. This salad is perfect as a side dish or can stand alone as a light meal.