Macaroni Salad with Tuna and Sweet Pickles

by feastonthecheap on May 22, 2009

Macaroni SaladMary Anne here. This can be made the day before and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. There were six kids in my family, and to this day we all prepare it in our respective homes and when there is a family reunion, the salad is always an attendee!
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Macaroni Salad with Tuna and Sweet Pickles
Serves 12

1 lb. Medium Shells, cooked according to package directions – $0.80
2 + cups Mayonnaise – stock
1 medium yellow onion, diced – $0.52
3 large stalks of celery, chopped – $0.44
1-16 oz. jar Sweet Gherkin Pickles – $2.00
¼ cup of the pickle juice or more to taste
2-6oz. cans Albacore Tuna, drained and flaked – $2.40
Salt and Pepper to taste – stock
Paprika – stock
Grand Total assuming Stocked pantry: $6.16
Total Per Serving: $0.51

1. Cook the macaroni in a large pot of boiling water. (I cook it for a shorter time than the package suggested. 8 minutes and it’s just a bit softer than al dente. Refresh under cold running water and drain.

2. Meanwhile, Chop and dice the pickles, onion, and celery. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the flaked tuna and pour in the reserved pickle juice.

3. Add the macaroni and mayonnaise, combining well. If you like it moister, add more mayo. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Garnish with a sprinkling of paprika. Refrigerate until ready to serve.