Tuna Macaroni Salad


My lovely mom “Joanne” is 85 next month ❤️ and she makes the best Tuna Macaroni Salad in the universe. Unfortunately, she suffers with severe arthritis, so she doesn’t cook too much any more. Luckily, my Dad does still cook and I know he makes this on occasion for her. Back at our ranch, I make Tuna Macaroni Salad often, and I think of my Mom the entire time. I learned some tricks from her over the years and although it never tastes quite like hers, mine is still very good. Just ask my husband. He acts like a hangry hawk flying around in circles above me waiting to grab a big spoonful 😆!

Tuna Macaroni Salad that is loaded with protein a low in calories.

As for these tips I’ve learned from my mom, first the quality of tuna you use should be the best you can afford. I prefer white tuna, but it is expensive as all heck. I have mixed a can of white with a can of dark and it still was amazing. If you don’t like tuna, shrimp can be substituted.

Another tip Jojo taught me is to add a little white vinegar to both tuna macaroni salad, and potato salad. It really gives it a zing. If you don’t have it, try dill pickle juice.

Oh, and my mom doesn’t use anything but real Hellman’s mayonnaise. In fact she gets upset when I use the light version. In my recipe I do use the light version to help keep the calories down, but feel free to use what you prefer.

Tuna Macaroni Salad that is loaded with protein a low in calories.

If you haven’t noticed yet, I have a new recipe print function on my blog where it calculates the calories and other nutritional facts. This comes at a great time because I am trying to lose a couple more pounds so I can fit into my bikini. Okay, Im kidding. I don’t have a bikini, but hey, maybe I’ll get one if I keep eating this low calorie Tuna Macaroni Salad 😎.

Tuna Macaroni Salad that is loaded with protein a low in calories.

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad that is loaded with protein a low in calories.

This Tuna Macaroni Salad is a classic version loaded with white tuna and fresh veggies. The creamy mayonnaise dressing and protein packed hard boiled eggs make it extremely satisfying, and will keep your energy level up for hours. It pairs well with charcoal broiled hotdogs, and fresh sliced tomatoes. Baked beans go well, too!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 8 ounces uncooked macaroni
  • 2-12 ounce cans of white tuna drained
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4-5 stalks diced celery (the heart leafy part is the best)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 4 hardboiled eggs chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Boil hard boiled eggs (my tips on hard boiled eggs can be found here).
  2. Prepare macaroni according to the directions on the box.
  3. In a large pot or bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  4. Serve chilled with sliced tomatoes, or a hotdog 😉

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 253Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 138mgSodium 384mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 30g

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10 Responses

  1. I love me a good tuna macaroni salad in the summer so I’ll definitely give this a try. I agree with you about the tuna. It has to be the best you can get.

  2. Kaycee says:

    Oh yummy, I love my Mom’s macaroni salad too!! I also agree with you and JoJo, only Hellmans and White tuna. I add some sour cream to our recipe and I like it to sit in the fridge for a day before we eat it. Trying to keep the Husband out of it, kinda tough! lol

  3. Jane says:

    Would you believe that I’ve never made tuna macaroni salad! I usually just make tuna salad and put it on a bed of lettuce. Going to the grocery store now to get everything to make this but I’d have to use Duke’s mayo. It’s a southern thing!

  4. […] I add them to my yummy Low Carb Quiche Recipe, my Mom’s Zingy Potato Salad, and especially my Tuna Macaroni Salad! I need these guys growing full time at my house which will get me to use them even more. Um, […]

  5. […] There is nothing worse than going to your crisper to get celery for tuna salad, and it’s brown and gooey 😖. I was absolutely shocked when I tried doing the tin foil lettuce trick with celery. It totally worked! In fact, it works so well I am buying celery every couple months where before it seemed like every couple weeks (I use celery in so many dishes like my tuna salad). […]

  6. Nancy says:

    Julie I am so very sorry to read of your mother’s health problems. I send prayers and much hope for comfort and rest at this hard time. Today we will have your mother’s tuna mac salad and think of all of you.

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