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5 from 15 votes

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 .
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 318kcal


  • 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