Ladies and gentlemen, this is my mom’s macaroni salad. If you know my mom Judy, then you have probably had a bowl or two of this insanely good macaroni salad! We ate this at least once a week, growing up, and I have yet to get tired of it. In fact, I love it more than ever! I crave it. I daydream about it. What can I say, I’m obsessed with it! It goes great with hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled chicken or steak or straight from the bowl! It may seem like a strange combination of flavors but let me tell you, it works! The lemon juice and the mandarin oranges give this salad a wonderful, bright citrus punch! So good!!
4 cups of dry elbow macaroni
1 cup of good quality mayonnaise
3 5 ounce cans of tuna fish (packed in water)
The juice of one lemon
1 11 ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained
1 tablespoon of paprika
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the elbow macaroni as directed on the box.
Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Open the cans of tuna fish and drain them thoroughly.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, tuna fish, lemon juice, paprika, parsley, slat and pepper.
Pour the pasta into a large mixing bowl. Mix in the tuna and mayo mixture. Toss to coat evenly.
Fold in the mandarin oranges.
Top with a bit more parsley and paprika, if you like.
Chill for 2 hours and serve.