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This Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe has everything that you love about classic tuna salad - pickles, onions, celery, dill - but we ditch the bread and add noodles instead! It's cool, creamy, and LOADED with fresh flavors. The classic mayo-laden dressing of traditional tuna macaroni salads gets a glow-up with olive oil and pickle juice to create a lighter but still classically flavored dressing!
You'll Love This
- It's super quick and easy to throw together! If you normally have everything on hand to make a traditional tuna salad for sandwiches, all you need to add is the noodles! Give the pickles, onions, celery, and fresh dill a quick chop and then you basically just toss everything together. It's tuna salad minus the bread, plus noodles, and it's amazing!
- The dressing is out of this world delicious. It's got just the right combination of fresh dill and garlic powder along with mayo, olive oil and pickle juice to create an EXTRA, SUPER creamy, yet light, homemade dressing. We've come a long way since the days of heavy, mayo-laden tuna macaroni salad!
- It's perfect for a backyard barbecue. Are you always searching for a new and different pasta salad recipe to bring to your friend's grill out? Me too! Which is why I created this little number. Chances are good your friends have never tried something like this before and if they enjoy tuna as much as you do, they are going to LOVE this tuna noodle salad recipe! Some of my other show-stopping pasta salad favorites include my Greek Chickpea Pasta Salad, Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad, and Creamy Vegan Cucumber Pasta Salad!
Stir to combine.
Add pasta, tuna, pickles, celery, and red onion to a large bowl.
Drizzle pasta salad with dressing.
Toss to coat.
Garnish with fresh dill and enjoy!
- Salt your pasta water moderately. This is your first chance to season your pasta and it's a very important step! If you are not salting your pasta water - please start now! Add about 2-4 tablespoons of Kosher salt after the water comes to a boil and before you add the uncooked pasta. You will be AMAZED at how much more flavorful the pasta and the entire dish is!
- Toss pasta in olive oil, salt, and pepper. After straining the al dente pasta, give it a quick toss in olive oil with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. This ensures that the noodles won't stick together and it will help the dressing find it's way into every nook and cranny of the noodles.
- If you're planning to make this pasta salad ahead of time, just add half the dressing initially. Then add the rest just before serving. The noodles will continue to soak up the dressing as it sits. So if you're planning to enjoy this salad a day or two later, add half the dressing right away and then add the remaining dressing right before serving so the flavors are fresh and the texture is smooth and creamy!
- If you end up with leftovers, this tuna macaroni salad will stay fresh in the fridge in an airtight container for about 3-4 days. The dressing will thicken as it sits so feel free to add a splash of milk to loosen it up before serving. And be sure to season to taste with salt and pepper as well!
Pasta Salad Favorites
- Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
- Creamy Vegan Cucumber Pasta Salad
- Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad
- Creamy Avocado Southwest Pasta Salad
- Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
- Greek Chickpea Pasta Salad
- Thai Peanut Pasta Salad