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a simple recipe :: cold tuna macaroni salad

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We have a guest post today from Bethany, over at Waves and Lilacs. She is sharing a yummy recipe that will be great for all.things.summer. Enjoy!!

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With summer here in full swing, the BBQs and summer shenanigans are happening left and right. If you are anything like me, you want to attend said summer events and arrive with food in hand. Sometimes life can get a little crazy though and time slips away as quickly as summer nights. As a mom we are constantly juggling different schedules and play dates and can’t always find the time to make the latest Pinterest delicacy.

macaroni salad

Here’s a recipe that will hopefully help you out while still being a crowd pleaser!  I’ve already made it a couple times this summer with a new baby. So believe me when I say that is is easy.  This recipe is also very easy to make gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free as well.

Macaroni salad


  • 1 box of pasta (12-16 oz) (I like fun shapes such as bow ties. You can also get brown rice or quinoa pasta. Note: If you prefer a gluten free pasta, this pasta is best served the same day. Regular pasta actually tastes better the second day though!)
  • 1 big tomato, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 (5 oz) cans of tuna
  • 1.5 cups of mayonnaise (Use eggless mayo to make the recipe egg-free. I find mine at ALDI)
  • 1 T coconut sugar
  • 1 T raspberry vinaigrette (you can also do Italian or House)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Macaroni saladDirections:

  1. Cook pasta until al dente according to instructions on package. Once cooked, drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. In a large bowl combine pasta, chopped vegetables and tuna.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, vinaigrette, coconut sugar, pepper and salt.
  4. Pour dressing mixture into large bowl and mix to combine,
  5. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

I hope you enjoy this. Feel free to let us know what you think about it!

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  • Justine @ Little Dove
    July 20, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I LOVE macaroni salad! Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t like mayo and a lot of pasta salads have mayo (and obviously so does tuna salad). The upside to that is that when I DO make it I get to enjoy it all myself!

  • wen budro
    July 20, 2017 at 1:01 am

    That looks like a delicious dish. This recipe would be wonderful to make during the summer months.

  • Lauryn R
    July 19, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Yummy! This sounds like a great summer meal that my whole family would love! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • bethany lammott
    July 17, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing! <3