Tuna Macaroni Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad

I was craving a light and healthy macaroni salad when I created this recipe for Tuna Macaroni Salad.  The red onion and cornichons give it a wonderful crunch and the tuna provides enough protein that you can serve it as a main dish.  I recently made it at our annual campout with friends and it was a total hit!


1 lb. large elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained

2 to 3 cans albacore or skipjack tuna in olive oil

3.8 oz can sliced black olives, drained

2/3 cup cornichons (small dill pickles), drained and chopped

Red onion, chopped

1 bottle of red wine vinaigrette

Place the macaroni in a large salad bowl.  Add the cans of tuna including their oil. Add the olives, cornichons, red onion, and vinaigrette, to taste.  Mix well and chill until potluck time!

Hawaiian Plate Lunch Mac Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This is a typical Hawaiian Plate Lunch Macaroni Salad that is so simple, but so yummy that it’s always a hit at our potlucks!  There’s nothing genius about it, but the sweet onion and Best Foods mayo is a must!  Everything is made to taste.


Boiled Macaroni (small elbow), rinsed well and cooled.

Mayonnaise (It HAS to be Best Foods mayo; my friend Napua taught me that!).

Sweet Onion, minced really really fine.

Grated Carrot



Mix it all together and you’re done.  If you like your mac salad dressing a little runny, then add some milk.