This tuna noodle salad is one of those recipes that’s not really a recipe. It’s a meal that my grandmother used to make us a lot in the summer — when it was too hot to cook anything.
It’s a simple, almost no-cook meal that calls for just a few ingredients. It’s basically comfort food to me, mainly because of the memories I have associated with it.
You may also see that this tuna noodle salad calls for Miracle Whip. To be clear, this is not a sponsored post — you just can’t skip the whip. It makes this tuna noodle salad. I’m not going to lie, because their trademark line is absolutely perfect — “it’s the zip that makes it good”.
The flavor of Miracle Whip is different than mayonnaise so it’s bringing a lot more to the noodle salad party. Using Miracle Whip is the reason why you don’t need a lot of ingredients in this recipe. If you absolutely canNOT do Miracle Whip, you’ll have to add some additional seasonings and spices to your mayo — which I haven’t tried. So my point is USE THE MIRACLE WHIP. I cannot guarantee delicious results if you don’t.
My grandmother never had a recipe for this. She just cooked up her macaroni and mixed in the rest of the ingredients to taste. It’s so basic though that it was not hard to recreate. I remember making this with my grandmother as a kid. We would often have it for lunch but it also makes a great light dinner. Oh, and we always had sliced cucumbers with it on the side. Don’t skip on that too ;-)
And yes, I ate this as a kid. I was one of those weird kids that liked tuna fish. Luckily, my kids like tuna (and salmon, cod, and halibut!) so this is a kid-friendly meal in my house. I mean, really — I can’t complain right? My kids eat fish. That’s a major win in my book. Hollaaaa.