Tuna and Macaroni salads take me back. My mom used to make it for special occasions — non holiday edition. Like for picnics in the park, birthday sleepovers or long summer weekends.
I stopped making the dish years ago when I began to have canned tuna concerns. I couldn’t bear the thought of one of my childhood favorites causing harm to dolphins or containing high mercury levels.
When I was asked by Safe Catch tuna to try their brand I had the idea to give this recipe another try. It turned out just how I remembered it! The only change I made to my mom’s recipe is I nixed the peas. My mom’s had peas, and as you might know from my ABOUT ME PAGE, I’d rather eat a bowl of bees than a bowl of peas.
The tastebud clincher in this recipe adding chopped bread and butter pickles. Most of you (I see you) would go with relish. Which would be just fine, if you want a just fine Tuna and Macaroni Salad, but if you are inclined to always do one better, go with the chopped up pickles. Also, a little note about the hard boiled eggs I add. I am a convert to baking my eggs to hard boil. If you haven’t tried this method I will go on record to say: It’s a game changer. Six eggs nicely placed in a muffin tin, baked at 350 for 30 minutes, then dunked in ice water, telling you, try it!
Here are a few facts about Safe Catch tuna and then let’s get right into the recipe. It has the lowest level of mercury of any brand. Sorry, Charlie. It also is “responsibly caught,” which means it’s sustainable and traceable from caption to consumer. (which reminds me I need to watch this week’s Deadliest Catch!) Most importantly to me, it’s dolphin safe. Want more info, head on over to their website, here.
- One box (16 oz.) cooked elbow macaroni
- 1 1/2 cups diced bread and butter pickle chips
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 3 cans Safe Catch tuna, drained
- 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons pickle juice from the jar
- 5 hard boiled eggs
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- In a large bowl add mayonnaise, pickle juice,vinegar, salt and pepper. Whip it all together the add the rinsed macaroni, mix.
- Add Safe Catch tuna, pickles, celery to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Crumble the hard boiled eggs into the mixture and stir.
- Place in the refrigerator until cooled.