Tuna Noodle Salad for a #SundaySupper Picnic

tuna noodle salad I love tuna noodle salad. It’s one of those comfort foods for me. My mom always used to make it for potlucks and family gatherings, and our whole family would just scarf it down. The tuna noodle salad I make is very close to  her recipe, with a few minor additions added because I LOVE THEM.

Tuna Noodle Salad
Based on Mom's recipe, this Tuna Noodle Salad really satisfies! Adjust ingredients to your own taste if you choose!
  • 16 oz. pasta (macaroni, rigatoni, shells or something similar)
  • 2 cans tuna, liquid drained well
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 2-3 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 baby dill pickles, or 1-2 regular dill pickles, or 1-2 Tbsp. dill relish
  • 1-2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
  • 1 can sliced olives
  • ¾ cup salad dressing (such as MIracle Whip), or to taste
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 1-2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar (NOT white vinegar - big difference)
  • 1-2 tsp. celery seed
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder and seasoning salt to taste and if desired
  1. Prepare noodles according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, dice onion, celery and pickles (if using) and set aside.
  3. Chop hard boiled eggs and refrigerate until all elements are ready to combine.
  4. Make dressing by combining salad dressing, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, celery seed and other seasonings and stir until well combined. Refrigerate until pasta is ready.
  5. When the pasta is finished cooking and has cooled slightly, put it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes so that it is completely cool.
  6. When the pasta is cool, combine pasta with tuna, onion, celery, pickles, olives and relish.Toss together to combine completely.
  7. Top with dressing and toss to coat well. Use as much or as little dressing as is needed, remaining dressing can be reserved for other uses, if desired.
  8. Chill until ready to serve!
My Tuna Noodle Salad is creamy. If you prefer less dressing on yours, decrease the amounts of the dressing ingredients(salad dressing, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, sugar, celery seeds and seasonings), or you can make the dressing as is and adjust the amount you use to taste when you add it to the noodle mixture, discarding any leftover mixture or using it for other salads or recipes.

Mom wouldn’t use all of the ingredients I use, for example I like to use both salad dressing AND mayonnaise because I think they each add a different flavor profile to the dish, mom would say use whichever one YOU prefer.  I like to use both sweet and dill pickles, mom would use whatever she had on hand, or buy only one kind at the store.  I like to make a dressing using vinegar, sugar and spices in addition to the salad dressing and mayo, she would just toss the salad in mayo.  Mine is a little more complex, hers is more simple, it tastes great both ways!  I hope you’ll use the recipe and make it your own with your favorite additions or omitions! 102_2146 I hope you and everyone at the potluck LOVE this salad!

Thanks to Jane of Jane’s Adventures in Dinner for Hosting this week!  Lets see what our other #SundaySupper friends are bringing to the picnic:






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  7. I’m a tuna nut. This sounds so good to me!

  8. I haven’t had Tuna Salad in a long time. Such an easy recipe!

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  10. I haven’t had tuna noodle salad in years, thanks for reminding me how great it is for summer picnics! Happy 4th of July!

    • How easy it is to forget the simple things sometimes when we’re hustling around to make “foodie” food! I love tuna noodle salad and I’m thrilled you stopped by to check mine out and get reminded of the good old days! Happy 4th to you & HUGS!

  11. Comments have been closed all day due to a glitch, my appologies to anyone who has come by to comment! Thanks for trying! HUGS

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