Gram’s Macaroni Salad


When I was growing up, we moved around a lot. My mother and I lived with my grandparents off and on for a while. That paved the way for my Gram and I to share a bond like no other. We have always been close and even now, 180 miles apart, we make time to chat on the phone three times a week.

My grandmother is full of generosity and would give away her last penny to a stranger. While growing up she taught me manners, like saying please and thank you and placing my napkin on my lap. Most weeks she would bring over a grocery bag full of my favorite foods. Even when I was on my own she would send me on my way with bags full of food, clothes, dishes and towels; anything I needed.  She simply enjoys helping others, especially when it’s her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

My Gram loves the color purple, Elvis Presley and dancing.  She makes time for her friends, goes to the great-grand-kids’ ball games, remembers to send cards for every occasion and is a blessing to us all.

Over the years she has become known for a few choice dishes. Her Chocolate Pudding Pie at Thanksgiving, her Beef Stew and American Chop Suey during the winter months and her Macaroni Salad at summer barbecues.

This is her recipe (halved) for the Macaroni Salad that is requested by us kids at every summer function, whether it’s a Father’s Day cookout or a graduation party.


Macaroni Salad

  • ½  lb. of macaroni pasta
  • 2 large spoonfuls of mayonnaise, maybe more
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ large cucumber, diced
  • ½ of a green pepper, diced
  • 1 can of tuna fish
  • salt and pepper to taste


Prepare macaroni according to package. Let cool completely. Dice the vegetables and strain the water from the tuna fish. In a large bowl, combine cooled pasta, tuna fish, vegetables and enough mayonnaise to moisten.  Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for an hour. Enjoy :)



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shea says:

    Made the macaroni salad today for a church picnic. So easy and it just tasted so fresh! I knew of a couple people with green pepper allergies, so I omitted that and added a bit of red onion instead for color and taste. Definitely will make it again! Thanks for sharing your Gram’s recipe. Favorite family recipes are always a gem to find… probably because they are favorites for a reason! :)


    1. Jodi says:

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you :)


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