Macaroni Salad with Tuna and Peas is an easy cold pasta salad made with elbow macaroni, tunafish, peas, red onion, and mayonnaise. It’s a simple summer salad that is perfect for picnics, barbecues, family reunions, and more.
Mom had two ways of making Macaroni Salad. One would have celery, green and red pepper, onion, and eggs. The other one would have tuna and green peas. I always loved both salads, but my favorite one was always the Macaroni Salad with Tuna and Peas!
I really didn’t do much to deviate from my mom’s recipe. The only thing I do differently from her is I sprinkle a little bit of cayenne pepper into the salad to give it a little bit of a kick.
The macaroni and pasta salad debate
I always considered any salad made with pasta was a pasta salad. However, when Grumpy and I first got together, I found out rather quickly that he had a way of discerning what was macaroni salad and what was pasta salad.
He informed me that Macaroni Salad was made with mayonnaise. Pasta Salad has a non-mayonnaise based dressing on it. I don’t know if that is the legit way of discerning, but it’s Grumpy’s way.
So, anytime I make any type of salad with pasta, I have to indicate macaroni or pasta so he knows what type of dressing I am making!
What you need to make this mac salad and ingredient tips
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Elbow Macaroni: I always use a small elbow macaroni for this particular salad. You could use a small shell pasta, but then the peas get stuck inside the shell and you don’t see them as easily.
Tuna Fish: When I use tuna in any recipe like this, I always choose canned solid white albacore tuna packed in water.
Green Peas: Frozen peas work best. I thaw them out by placing the peas in a colander and running hot water over them to thaw them out. Let them drain well before using.
Red Onion: I use this mostly because i like the color. Vidalia would be my next choice. The onion for this salad should be diced fine. Not everyone like to get a big chunk of onion on their fork.
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