Mr.CBB’s Cold Tuna Pasta Salad With A Kick

We’re always looking for a new recipe or variations for an easy cold pasta salad recipe but most times we settle for the classic cold tuna pasta salad for picnics, parties, pot-luck or back yard barbeques! When summer comes we want tasty,quick and friendly on the budget since there are so many parties to go to.

I took to my Facebook page again to see what if any variations of pasta salad ingredients my fans might make of the classic tuna pasta salad. I was intrigued with some of the ideas that came up and thought of  some myself while reading such as:

  • Tuna Pasta Salad with Peas and olives
  • Cold Chicken Pasta Salad
  • Tuna Pasta Salad with Bacon and Cheese
  • Cold Tuna Noodle Salad using noodles such as spaghetti

I’ve never had tuna pasta salad dressing before but a couple of my fans suggested I add salad dressing to the recipe to give a punch. All I had on hand in the pantry were 2 kinds, Italian which wasn’t what I wanted so I went straight for WOW with PC Yogurt and Asiago salad dressing. I also added low-fat Miracle Whip and Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise.

Even better is if you know how to make your own pasta salad dressing. Here is an easy pasta salad dressing called Ranch that I might try for next time.  My tuna pasta salad is a wonderful combination of light dressings with the Olive oil kick by adding the Hellman’s.

You can simply change-up the pasta you use and make it a bow tie pasta salad as well to kick it up a notch. I’ve done this on many occasions which actually makes it seem as if you are eating a completely different recipe.

So what are the cold pasta salad ingredients I’m going to use today.. well let’s get making it shall we!

Prep Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour plus 1 hour to chill in the refrigerator


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Large Spoon
  • Large Pot to boil Pasta
  • Strainer
  • Cheese Grater
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Cups


  • 1x 500 g package of Pasta (your choice)
  • 2 cans of white tuna
  • 1.5 cup of Hellman’s Mayo (your choice we used the Olive Oil Version)
  • 1.5 Cups of Miracle Whip Light/Low Fat
  • 1/2 cup of PC Yogurt and Asiago Salad Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt ( for the salad)
  • 1 tablespoon salt for the pot of pasta water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 cup of chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped in small bits or you can grate it
  • 2 dill pickles chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • I cup of chopped red pepper
  • In a large pot with salted boiling water cook your pasta until el dente only then strain in your strainer
  • While the pasta is cooking chop/grate all of your vegetables
  • Grate the cheddar Cheese and set aside in a bowl
  • Chop pickles and set aside in a bowl
  • When the pasta is drained put the pasta in a bowl and add all the above   ingredients one by one including all the spices and lemon juice. Except the tuna and Miracle Whip and Hellman’s Mayo.
  • In a separate bowl shred the tuna then add it in the pasta mixture

  • After you mix in the tuna add in the Miracle Whip,Hellman’s and mix
  • Taste the salad for seasoning and add more if desired. It’s best to add more than to add too much. 
  • Place Plastic wrap on top and store in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until chilled then serve!
  • Garnish with mint if desired.
  • That’s it! Enjoy with your favourite meal. 
Here’s what some of the Facebook Fans had to say when I asked… What do you put in your Tuna Macaroni Salad?
  • Sandy Davis: If I am taking it to a BBQ I will add some peppers. It’s all in the seasoning. I add some vinegar to keep it moist so you don’t have to keep adding mayo every time you have some 🙂

  • Brad Gold: Hellman’s olive oil mayo, celery and for something a little different, try a little relish in it. adds a bit of color and a bit of sweetness to it as well. maybe a little minced onion as well.

  • Shellie Cadogan:celery, red onion, peppers and a dash of balsamic

  • Shelley Ann McInnes Chenier:I add onions, peas, peppers, depends what I have on hand! Think I might have to make a macaroni salad now!

  • Elaine Grant:celery, red onion, radishes and sometimes chopped dill pickle.

  • Jennifer Perry-Van Straten: celery, carrots, cheese and ranch dressing!!!

  • Ashley Levesque: Mayo, tomatoes & shredded cheese!

  • Tammy Cooper: I like to add a bit of honey Dijon to mine along with tuna, mayo, ranch dressing, peppers, carrots, green onions and celery. sometimes I add radishes but usually only when they are in season

  • Raquel Bunn: chopped to bite size: hard-boiled eggs, dill pickles, cheese, radishes, green onions. I usually use Miracle Whip instead of Hellman’s cause that one is already ‘eggy’ enough. Oh and bacon bits are real good in it too!
  • Christine McLean: I put celery, shredded carrot & peas

  • Jen Peacock: It is one of my favourite salads! My mom is making it today! It has tuna, pasta, miracle whip, relish and a little but of mustard.

  • Wendy LeDrew:love, love, love macaroni salad with tuna in it…I put in pasta, miracle whip, relish, paprika, eggs, cheese, tuna, and sometimes little bits of pickles.

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  1. Wendy LeDrew says:

    sounds awesome, different from the one I make, so I will have to try this:) Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow! Yours is way different! lol Sounds good but I’m afraid to try new things food wise! lol I admire people that can cook and eat like this!

    • Ha Jen, you don’t have to explain yourself… new things.. umm food wise… lol…You admire me for my cooking.. oh Jen don’t sweat the small stuff… all the easy stuff you make difficult… you will see in the end of it all.. you too can do all these wonderful things and budget! Keep at it darlin… Cheers Mr.CBB

  3. Melissa says:

    That sounds good!! I am not very creative when it comes to experimenting in the kitchen. My tuna pasta salad always comes out blah to be. I never thought of adding all the things you have! Will definitely be trying this one!

  4. Those look delicious! I love pasta salads and potato salad in the summer, minus the olives. My mother always made them. I just recently posted some of these recipes on SheBudgets.

    • We like to have many salads ready to go in the summer or make up quick ones on the spot. It’s important to keep fresh vegetables in the kitchen at all times.. Thanks for your comment! Mr.CBB

  5. Christine Weadick says:

    Nobody here cares for tuna. What I do is cook the pasta as usual, rinse, drain and add… green pickle relish,chopped celery, chopped green onion and some Miracle Whip. Mix well and chill. Quantities are up to you and based on how many are eating, whether you want left overs and such. It’s a very easy recipe and very forgiving. Play with it and have fun…. Enjoy!!

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