Kerri’s Tuna Pasta Salad*

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I’m going to be honest. I don’t like mayo and I don’t like peas, but I do like both when they are put in Tuna Pasta Salad. It makes absolutely no sense and I have no good explanation for it.

Thankfully, I have good friends like Kerri who can overlook my idiosyncrasies. I had an incredibly random craving for Tuna Pasta Salad and Kerri happened to have all of the ingredients on hand. It was seriously meant to be.

Kerri's Tuna Pasta Salad via

Kerri brought over all the goodies to make a giant bowl of this and it was so good I asked if I could share her recipe. I honestly had not had Tuna Pasta Salad in over 5 years until last week…and now I have had it twice since then. It’s the ultimate comfort food for tuna lovers like me! :-)


Kerri's Tuna Pasta Salad

Yield: serves 6


  • 1 lb (16 oz box) elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons stone ground dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can (12 oz) albacore tuna, drained
  • 1 cup sweet peas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 2 shallots, minced


In a large stock pot, cook elbow macaroni according to package directions.

While it is cooking, in a large bowl, whisk together mayo, relish, dijon mustard, lemon juice, celery salt and pepper. Add in tuna, peas, cheddar cheese, celery and shallots.

Once macaroni is cooked, drain it well and stir into the tuna mixture. Mix well. Serve immediately.

Kerri serves it warm and I have to agree, it's best that way. But it is also tasty cold leftover the next day. It just might need a little extra dressing of some sort stirred in to refresh it -- since the noodles like to soak up all the dressing.

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11 Responses to “Kerri’s Tuna Pasta Salad”

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    dc — June 10, 2014 @ 6:18 am

    Tuna pasta salad warm is best, in my house it rarely makes it to the fridge anyway. If it does…it still doesn’t make it to cold. I’m trying this version!

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    How to Philosophize with Cake — June 10, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    Looks delicious! I love all kinds of pasta salad, this variation sounds awesome. :)

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    Darr — June 10, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    I love tuna in any form and love pasta tuna salad.
    Pasta does continue to absorb liquids and i have found over the years to refresh the salad with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water instead of adding more dressing. You can also add a little vegetable oil and it seems to stop or slow down the absorbing process when you first make it. I actually like the salad using Cole Slaw Dressing rather than Mayo. Enjoy!

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    Amanda Mulholland — June 10, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    I have been looking for a good tuna pasta recipe these past couple of months but so many have something a little funky about them. This sounds perfect and pretty close to what my grandma used to make. I can’t wait to try it!! Jessie to the rescue!!!!

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    Amanda — June 10, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    Yay, glad you found a new tuna salad recipe you love! I love tuna salad, gonna try it Kerri-style :)

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    Eileen — June 10, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

    Such a classic salad! I have so many memories of eating this kind of salad out of avocado green tupperware on picnics at the park as a kid. :) So good!

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    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — June 18, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

    This looks ah-mazing Jessica. Love tuna pasta salads. Definitely putting this on the menu. Thanks for sharing!

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    CHANTAL — June 28, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

    can wait to try this recipe.I love tuna but never put tuna thank you for sharing;

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    Sabrina — June 8, 2015 @ 2:31 pm

    Looks delicious to eat in hot days!

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    The Novice Chef » The BEST Baked Beans! — June 21, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

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    Douglas — January 8, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

    Very good for a post workout where the body needs carbohydrates , and tuna in the case it is a great source of protein. I will use !

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