Kerri’s Tuna Pasta Salad

Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins

This recipe for Kerri’s Tuna Pasta Salad is so delicious and can be made in less than 30 minutes! It’s the perfect quick lunch or bbq side dish. 

If you love pasta salad, be sure to also try my Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad and Pesto Bacon Pasta Salad.

Tuna Pasta Salad RecipeEasy Tuna Pasta Salad

This Is One Of My Favorite Tuna Pasta Salad Recipes

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…except that this is delicious and you must all try it immediately.

Thankfully, I have good friends like my neighbor 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.

She came over and we quickly whipped this up together and sat down and promptly ate half the bowl. It is THAT good.

Easy Cold Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

This Tuna Pasta Salad Is Even Great Leftover

This recipe makes a giant serving and it was so good leftover through the week. I begged her to let me share her recipe with all of you and thankfully she said yes.

I honestly had not had a good 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! I usually use my canned tuna to make tuna salad and do a hot sandwich with it when I am feeling fancy…but Kerri’s Tuna Pasta Salad is my new go to!

You Can Make This Pasta Salad Ahead Of Time

This recipe is a great make ahead recipe that you can whip up and take to a potluck or party. I think it would be a great addition to a 4th of July party – just make sure and keep it chilled until serving time comes around.

If you are also a tuna lover — make sure and check out my Mexican Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados.


Yield: 6

Kerri's Tuna Pasta Salad

Cold Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

This recipe for Kerri's Tuna Pasta Salad is so delicious and can be made in less than 30 minutes! It's the perfect quick lunch or bbq side dish. 

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 428Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 869mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 12g

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32 Responses
  1. Design de sobrancelhas

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  2. Douglas

    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 !

  3. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

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

  4. Eileen

    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!

  5. Amanda

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

  6. Amanda Mulholland

    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!!!!

  7. Darr

    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!

  8. How to Philosophize with Cake

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

  9. dc

    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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