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Tuna noodle salad.

Did anyone else grow up with tuna noodle salad? My mom wasn't a very good cook but one nutty thing she made that I liked and have fond memories of was this. Ellbow macaroni, canned peas, diced onions, tuna,diced celery and miracle whip garlic salt and pepper. Haven't had it in years. Anyone else have this recipe growing up? Or was my mom a maveric?

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  1. we call it macaroni salad, and it is a summer staple. Ours has elbow macaroni, canned tuna, hard boiled eggs, celery, red onion, cucumber, red pepper (my addition - my mother used to use radishes), and mayo (no Miracle Whip for us). I use a lot less mayo than she did, and season with salt & pepper. Not fancy, but easy to make & tasty, great to have in the fridge for a hot day when I don't want to cook.

    1. As kids we called it Tuna 'N Noodles. Canned Tuna in oil drained (later in water if we bought it accidentally) and any pasta you had on hand (elbow macaroni, salad macaroni, egg noodles, etc), mayo, diced celery, diced onions, seasoning salt and black pepper. Sometimes we added sweet pickle relish. Served chilled, it we could wait that long ;-) . I have it once in a while as a comfort food. We hated the hot tuna casseroles (the one with mushroom soup, crushed potato chips, etc).

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      1. re: Antilope

        I also hate the mushroom soup kind. Eeewww. She also mixed in canned tuna in with Betty crocker augratain potatoes. Up the ick factor to 10 on this one.

      2. 100% yes. 100% the same salad. I probably ate the smallest no-thank-you serving possible and went to bed hungry. It really grossed me out at the time. We probably had it once a week.

        1. yes, tuna mac. tuna, mayo, onion, celery, NO CANNED PEAS, yuck! If you need peas, use frozen.

          1. Hmmm. I haven't had that for a very long time. I never had it with peas, but I think it would be good with frozen baby peas instead of canned and maybe some chopped hard-cooked egg. I used to make it for my kids when they were small using mayo, canned tuna, onion, celery and elbow macaroni.