Italian Tuna and Macaroni Salad

    3 hours 20 minutes

    If you don't feel like cooking, tuna macaroni salad is a great choice. You have to marinate it overnight.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 cups macaroni
    • 1/3 cup Italian-style salad dressing
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 (185g) tin tuna, drained

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:3hours marinating  ›  Ready in:3hours20min 

    1. Cook macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water until done. Drain.
    2. Marinate macaroni in Italian dressing for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
    3. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, celery, garlic powder, tuna, and salt and pepper into macaroni. Chill.

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    I have made this recipe quite a few times since discovering it in November. I am giving it 5 stars because my husband loves it and requests it at least once a month (and I have to double the quantity). Only modifications I made were as follows: Use half miracle whip and half mayo, use ceasar dressing instead (tried it with italian, ceasar has more"zing"), and finally I doubled the tuna. You can add more pasta, just depends on your taste!  -  08 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I had high hopes for this salad because of the marinating process. But in the end it wasn't too much different than any other macaroni salad. The second time I made it I used 1/2c non-fat plain yogurt and 1/2c reduced fat mayo and added 3T of a bottled Caesar dressing I had (in place of marinating in Italian oil dressing) I also added an extra can of tuna. With the modifications, this was pretty yummy. Thanks Maridele.  -  08 Jun 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Good as is, also good with a few alterations for a healthier version- used one box wheat pasta, added low fat ceaser dressing, miracle whip and sour lean. No need to marinate overnight. I also use two 6 ounce cans of tuna and stir in frozen peas! I know this is practically a different recipe, but if you're like me and want to 'health up' recipes sometimes, this works beautifully! This is also really creamy YUM.  -  20 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)