Tuna Macaroni Salad Deluxe
When the occasion calls for something special or just to treat your family make up a batch of my Tuna Macaroni Deluxe. This American Classic is guaranteed to bring smiles to your table .
- 12 ounces cavatappi pasta or your favorite pasta shape cooked al dente
- 12 ounces Tuna drained (2 cans)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- ½ cup celery diced
- ¼ cup red onions diced
- grape tomatoes cut in half
- 2 ounces cheddar cheese cut into small cubes approx. ¼ inch by ¼ inch
- 4 slices bacon chopped
- ½ cup green olives chopped or sliced
- ½ cup carrots shredded
- 1 tbsp Italian parsley finely chopped
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp sea salt more to taste
- ¼ tsp black pepper more to taste
Cook the macaroni al dente, following the directions on the package.
Mix together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and seasonings to make the dressing. Mix well and refrigerate until needed.
Add the diced onions, diced celery, chopped olives, grape tomato halves, diced cheese, chopped olives, shredded carrots and parsley to the cooked macaroni. Mix together well.
Drain the Blue Harbor Albacore Tuna, break up the pieces by hand or with a fork and add the tuna to the pasta salad. Mix throughout the salad.**I used two cans of tuna but if you want to add more of the delicious tuna to your pasta salad use three cans. Add the dressing to the tuna macaroni salad and mix together. Refrigerate the salad for 1-2 hours or overnight to let the flavors build.
Top the Tuna Macaroni Salad with the crispy bacon bits and serve.
Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1518IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 5mg