Tuna Salad Recipe

This is it, folks, a simple, traditional, classic tuna salad. Nothing fancy, nothing exotic. Just good. What is the key here? Three words: Really good ingredients.

Buy the best tuna — or make your own (recipe is linked below) — great mayonnaise, great mustard and fresh veggies. And If you make sandwiches don’t forget the bread! Tuna salad sandwiches on Wonder bread may be nostalgic, but I love this recipe with good crusty bread instead. This tuna salad recipe serves 4, and the salad will keep for a few days in the fridge.

Pasta salad always reminds me of summer. Every BBQ, every picnic, every pot-luck; it just isn’t right without some sort of pasta salad.
Tuna salad is one of my favorites. It is fast and easy to throw together, and is always a crowd-pleaser. This is my favorite recipe.
Start by boiling your pasta to al-dente. I prefer to use small shells or macaroni, but you can use almost any kind of small pasta. Just pick your favorite.

While the pasta is boiling, mix together your sauce.

Tuna Salad Recipe

Mix the tuna, onion, mayo, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper, seasoning salt, onion powder, & pickles in a bowl.

Tuna Salad Recipe

When the pasta is done, rinse until cooled completely under cold water. Drain well, and toss with the sauce mixture.
Next add in your frozen peas & shredded cheddar. Adding the peas in while still frozen helps chill the whole dish, and can help keep it cooler for transport. The dish will be ready to eat in 20 minutes.

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Tuna Salad Recipe

Tuna Salad Recipe


  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 TBSP mustard
  • 3-4 TBSP onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 can tuna
  • shake pepper
  • 1 cup peas, frozen
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1/2 cup hard boiled egg, diced (optional)


  1. Boil noodles until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. Mix together the mayo, mustard, onion, garlic, garlic salt, parsley, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined.
  3. Mix the noodles and sauce together, then add frozen peas, cheese, and pickles. Stir and enjoy!

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