Healthy Meal Prep
Southern Tuna Macaroni Salad

Southern Tuna Macaroni Salad


Creamy from eggs and mayonnaise, tangy and acidic from mustard, pickles and chow chow, with a nice crunch from celery and onion. The Cajun spice just rounds it out with a blend of spices, the pimentos add a pop of color and sweetness, and tuna complements and ties all the flavors together in this Southern macaroni salad. Could top with some parsley for added color! Put this in a tortilla or melt some cheese on toast and make an open-faced sandwich!


  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup chopped pimento peppers
  • 5 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons chow-chow (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) jars tuna packed in oil


  1. Place diced onion in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Drain into a colander.
  2. While onion soaks, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain into the same colander as red onion and run under cold water to stop cooking and cool to room temperature.
  3. Place mayonnaise, pimentos, relish, chow-chow, mustard, Cajun seasoning, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add pasta, red onion, and celery and stir to combine. Gently fold in tuna and eggs to combine.

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Southern Tuna Macaroni Salad

Servings Per Recipe: 8
Calories: 523.4
% Daily Value *
protein: 44 %
carbohydrates: 15 %
dietary fiber: 11 %
fat: 43 %
saturated fat: 23 %
cholesterol: 24 %
vitamin a iu: 13 %
niacin equivalents: 90 %
vitamin b6: 22 %
vitamin c: 20 %
folate: 38 %
calcium: 4 %
iron: 16 %
magnesium: 18 %
potassium: 10 %
sodium: 31 %
thiamin: 61 %
calories from fat:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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