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Nancy’s Tuna Macaroni Salad

Nancy’s Tuna Macaroni Salad is an ode to my Mother in Law. It’s a simple yet comforting salad that is a true pantry dish. Pasta, tuna, mayonnaise, celery, onions and green bell pepper or parsley. Sometimes she added carrots or whatever was in the fridge.

Yesterday, I was thinking of my Mother in law, Nancy. I was thinking about the Summer’s in New England… we always had a BBQ when we where there visiting and Nancy always made salads. She was a salad master. They were often simple, mayo laden and so uniquely hers.

Tuna Macaroni salad in bowl

How to make and customize Nancy’s Tuna Macaroni Salad

There is no recipe here, just a combination of ingredients that brings so many memories and a smile.

  • 3 small packets or small cans of tuna in water, drained.
  • 1 lb of macaroni elbows, or shells
  • Mayonnaise
  • About 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • About 1 cup of chopped celery
  • About 1/2 cup of chopped green bell pepper
  • Fresh parsley to taste

Cook pasta to package directions. Allow to cool. Once cool, combine and toss all ingredients and add enough mayo to coat all the ingredients. Add plenty of salt and pepper. Chill before serving.

Tuna Macaroni Salad in bowl with spoon

If you like Nancy’s Tuna Macaroni Salad, check out our Salads and Side dishes!

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