Grandma Wells’ 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!

Creamy, full of texture and flavor, we loved this tuna macaroni salad. The chunks of white tuna make this a hearty salad. Onion and celery add a nice crunch. We really enjoyed the slightly sweet pop of flavor from the peas. In the warmer months, this will make a nice light lunch or dinner. Perfect for potlucks and picnics too.


  • 3 celbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 boxbaby peas, frozen (about 3 cups)
  • 1 can(s)solid white tuna packed in water (large family size can)
  • 5 ozcheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 Tbspsweet pickle relish
  • 1/2red onion
  • 3 – 4celery stalks
  • 1 creal mayonaise
  • ·salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make Grandma Wells’ Tuna Macaroni Salad

  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.