Go Back
+ servings
close-up of tuna pasta salad

Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad

This creamy tuna pasta salad recipe is perfect for summer gatherings, potlucks, BBQs, or picnics. It's fast and easy to make! 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy tuna pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Natasha Bull


  • 2.5 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tuna drained
  • 2 tablespoons red onion chopped
  • 1 cup little tomatoes halved
  • 2 sticks celery chopped small
  • 1 mini cucumber (or 1/4 English cucumber) chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill or use fresh
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Boil a large, salted pot of water for the macaroni. Cook it al dente according to package directions.

  2. Meanwhile, get everything else ready. I like to make the dressing first. Combine all the dressing ingredients until smooth and set it aside. Prep the other ingredients and add them to a large bowl. 

  3. Once the pasta is done, rinse it under cold water and let it drain thoroughly. Toss with the dressing and other ingredients. Season with salt & pepper as needed (I found this recipe needed quite a bit of salt - it's a lot of pasta). You can serve this pasta salad right away or let it chill (covered) first for the flavors to meld more. 

Recipe Notes

  • If you use a different shape pasta than macaroni, I suggest making 3 cups (e.g. if you use bows). 
  • I didn't put long for prep because you can prep while the pasta is cooking, so I just count it in there.
  • As with any pasta salad, feel free to add more/less of any ingredient to make it perfect for your tastes.