Grandma’s Tuna Macaroni Salad

For decades I called this my birthday salad. Every year for as long as I can remember that is when we served it. My mother’s recipe was enough different than mine that I can call it my own, but I can’t make this without thinking of her. Thanks, mama!

Cook time: 10 Min
Prep time: 15 Min
Serves: 8



3 c elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 box baby peas, frozen (about 3 cups)
1 can solid white tuna packed in water (large family size can)
5 oz cheddar cheese, cubed
2 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
1/2 red onion
3 – 4 celery stalks
1 c real mayonaise
salt and pepper, to taste


1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.

2. Place frozen peas in a colander and run warm water over them to thaw; then drain well.

3. When macaroni is done, rinse well in cold water to cool.

4. Place all ingredients in a very large mixing bowl. Mix well.

5. Chill, then serve.

Last Step: Don’t forget to share!

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