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Amanda Lauer shares a family favorite pasta salad that can serve as a side or main course. Download our printable recipe card!

In the summer, we’re fans of salads, especially when there is fresh produce available from our local farm market or gifted to us from our gardening friends.   

A family favorite for many years has been Tasty Tuna Macaroni. While it can be used as a side dish, we doubled it when our kids were all at home and made it for a main dish. Cool, refreshing, and tasty—as the name implies. You can’t ask for much more than that on a warm summer day!   




Tasty Tuna Macaroni  


7 ¼-oz. package of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (or the brand of your choice) 
6 ½-oz. can of tuna, drained and flaked 
1 C. chopped tomatoes 
½ C. chopped cucumber slices, cut into quarters 
½ tsp. dill weed
½ tsp. salt 
Dash of pepper 
2/3 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing (or the brand of your choice) 


Prepare Macaroni & Cheese as directed on the package. Add remaining ingredients, mix lightly. Chill. Add additional salad dressing before serving if desired.  

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For #MeatlessFriday, put together a cool pasta salad that serves as a side or main course. #CatholicMom

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