Tuna Pasta Salad with Celery and Egg

When we think of comfort food, we sometimes think of buttery, beefy, potatoey, or cheesey dishes often slaved over on the stove or in the oven. But sometimes comfort food can be linked to a memory or memories. This dish reminds me of my siblings and what my older sister, Quyen, would make for us on the weekends or during the week after school. My Mom worked a lot and sometimes two or three jobs and our older sister, Quyen, was our second Mom. She made us plain crepes (how gourmet, right?) and sometimes this tuna pasta salad that I’m sharing with you today. When you have limited options and groceries, you make do. My sister didn’t realize it at the time but what she was doing was bringing us comfort, feeding our bellies and creating lasting memories.

Having a connection and special bond with your siblings is very important. That connection lasts through tough times and I’m so thankful I have my sisters and my brother. Recently, I had a conversation with my sister, Quyen, and we decided that we would needed to have a sibling retreat. She lives in a different country and we’re finding it hard to keep in touch with each other. We’re going to try to reconnect at a different location every year and just spend time together. No spouses, no kids. Often, we get so busy and I’ll go a few weeks without even talking to one of my sisters, who lives just an hour away from me. With life being so short, we realized we need to do this and create even more memories together. And I can’t wait to cook with my sisters and brother.

This is my version of Quyen’s tuna pasta salad, it’s really easy and I love to make it and just have a bowl to snack on in front of the tv and will even take it for lunch. It’s a great dish to serve at a little party.

You may even have all of the ingredients on hand. I recently threw a party for a couple of friends after Bosch Appliances contacted me and one of the first things I thought of was to make this dish.

I also made those wonderful peanut butter cup cupcakes to share with my friends, Kathy, Katie, Kelly and Nancie. It was fun to share my favorite Tassimo drink, the chai latte with them. That was almost everyone’s favorite…Kathy loved the Starbucks espresso latte. After the party, they all got to take home a T20 brewer and some fun accessories, courtesy of Bosch!

I would love to hear about what foods bring you comfort, do you have any memories from your childhood that have to do with food? Or what is your favorite comfort food?

If you make any of recipes and decide to share them on instagram or twitter be sure to tag me @thelittlekitchn and use the hashtag #thelittlekitchenrecipes! I love seeing your posts and photos!

Tuna Pasta Salad with Celery & Egg


14-16 oz. box of macaroni or corkscrew pasta

5 oz. can of solid white albacore tuna, in water (refrigerated), drained

4 celery stalks, diced (I use Dandy Fresh brand)

4 boiled eggs, refrigerated, peeled & then diced

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 lemon

salt & pepper


  1. Cook pasta acording to the instructions on the box, allow to cool and then refrigerate.

  2. Combine cold tuna, celery stalks and cold diced eggs together in a large mixing bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Add macaroni pasta and mix well. Add mayonnaise and mix well.

  4. Add more salt and pepper to taste and squeeze as much lemon juice as you want into the pasta, to taste. Refrigerate and serve cold.


  • You can prepare all of your ingredients the day before serving but I wouldn't add mayonnaise and lemon juice until you're almost ready to serve this dish.

  • I forgot to mention initially that I used whole wheat pasta and have used regular pasta in the past, it tastes great either way.

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Disclosure: Bosch Appliances provided the Tassimo brewers for my friends. I received no compensation for hosting the party or this post. Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a sponsor of mine. All opinions are always my own. Some links in this post are affiliate links.

44 Responses to “Tuna Pasta Salad with Celery and Egg”

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 12, 2011 @ 6:02 am

    I think this looks like an absolutely delicious summer salad. It’s often to warm to turn on the oven and this provides protein and carb! Delicious!


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    Aggie — June 12, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    I love this Julie. I love reading about your family too, makes me want to call mine today realizing we haven’t talked in a while. Isn’t it great how certain foods bring such wonderful memories.

    This is my kind of dish! I’m totally making it, would love to have it waiting for me in the fridge for a quick lunch! I loooove that bowl!!


    • JulieD replied: June 12th, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

      Aggie, I need to do the same. My sister, Quyen, and I played phone tag today. The time difference makes it hard sometimes.


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    Courtney — June 12, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Julie, this dish reminds me of my favorite comfort food my mother made! Elbow Noodles, Celery, Green Pepper, Onion, and Mayo. I totally agree on comfort foods from past. Sounds like you had a lovely party :)


    • JulieD replied: June 12th, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing your comfort food. I know you have wonderful memories of your Mom and her cooking. Thanks for sharing, Courtney!


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    Jenny — June 12, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    This looks absolutely yummy! I love cool dishes like this during the summer!


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    valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — June 12, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I like tuna pasta salad, minus celery. I’ve never had it with egg in it, I’ll have to try that.


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    Matt @ StartingtoCook — June 12, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    This is definitely my type of food – tuna and anything. :) But where did you find that AMAZING bowl it’s in!?


    • JulieD replied: June 12th, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

      Hi Matt, I bought it at TJ Maxx a few months ago and just pulled it out for the party. I love TJ Maxx and HomeGoods!


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    anh@anhsfoodblog — June 12, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    I would never say NO to a good tuna salad. :) Love the idea of adding egg and celery – I haven’t tried this combo yet.


    • JulieD replied: June 12th, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

      I have to give my sister credit for that! I love the crunch that the celery gives it.


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    Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini — June 12, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    I never thought about putting pasta in a cold tuna salad – what a great idea to make it more of a meal! Looks like a great time!


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    Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy — June 12, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    That looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.


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    Shop with Me Mama (Kim) — June 12, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    Now this sounds sooo delicious!!


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    blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell — June 13, 2011 @ 5:20 am

    It looks so refreshing, Julie!


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    Kelly — June 13, 2011 @ 7:24 am

    This tuna salad was yummy! It is wonderful that you had a second mom! I had one too.


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    Alison — June 13, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Looks soooo goood!! I may need to make this for a summer party!!

    You have been stumbled! :)


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    Katie — June 13, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I may give that a try but replace the celery with onions (I don’t like celery) – that looks great!


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    Trendy Mamas (Larissa) — June 13, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    This looks so delicious. My mom actually makes something very similar, she puts raisins in it sometimes, no eggs. I’m hungry now! The pictures and the bowl are just PERFECT!!!


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    Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins — June 13, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    This looks absolutely delicious!


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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 13, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    This looks SO delicious! I love new ways to prepare tuna. And I love that bowl!


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    Linda @ My Name is Momma — June 13, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    Oh My! This sounds awesome especially on a hot summer day.


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    Penelope — June 13, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    Omg, this is awesome!! I love Tassimo and that recipe rocks!


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    Paula — June 13, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    The salad looks as lovely and as fresh and your *new* blog design! Love it all.


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    Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles — June 14, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    LOVE that you highlighted sibling <3 on this post. I'm the youngest of 5 (only 1 boy in our fam,too!) and we all grew up very close—despite the 11 yr age gap from eldest to youngest :)


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    Winnie — June 14, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    Looks so perfect for summer…I love tuna salad with hard boiled egg…


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    Megan Zweig — June 14, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    This pasta salad looks amazing! I love Dandy celery too. To me, the crispness and bright color of the celery adds the perfect crunch and pop!

    Have a great day and keep the wonderful recipes coming!

    Hungry in Dallas,



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    Stephanie @ LiveCookLove — June 16, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    This looks SO good!!! I’m going to have to try this out soon!


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    Kimberly — June 19, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Yummy! I love it all but I’m not a big fan of celery. I’ll just keep them out of the recipe.


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    peteformation — June 19, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

    This is healthy meal, a delicious one too!


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    purabi naha — June 21, 2011 @ 1:50 am

    This salad is delicious and the addition of eggs makes it even more interestion with tuna. I am drooling! Great picture…well done!!


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    Joanne — June 21, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    My brother and I are super close and I definitely couldn’t imagine going a week without talking to him!

    This salad sounds delicious and the fact that it’s rife with such good memories makes it that much better!


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    hairstyles for girls — June 21, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    That actually looks really good! Thanks for the recipe.


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    Eliana — June 22, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    Just the perfect summer salad! Love it!!!


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    Bethany — June 28, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Julie – I have a bowl of this in front of me now and it’s wonderful. As a pescetarian, I struggle sometimes with finding a dish to bring to summer grill parties. My standard is mixed bean salad, but this may replace that in my repertoire. I love the lemon juice in it.


    • JulieD replied: June 29th, 2011 @ 10:11 am


      I’m so glad you enjoy it! I love that you came back and told me your story. I hope you continue to enjoy this dish this summer as I have for many, many years! All the best to you and thanks for visiting my blog.


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    Bunkycooks — April 24, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Mr. B loves tuna and I don’t, but I will certainly make this recipe for him. He would like a twist on tuna salad. :-)


    • JulieD replied: April 24th, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

      It’s really good with whole wheat pasta too! Let me know if he ends up trying it. When I make it, I have it as a snack for the next few days too. 😀


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    Amber L. — May 25, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

    This looks lovely, I’m making it right now for a cookout! I came across this because I wanted to recreate a similar recipe a friend’s Mom used to make for us as kids. The only difference is she never used lemon (which I am) and added sliced eggs rather than chopped. I also plan to add peas, should be tasty!


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    Joy — May 22, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

    I actually also add crushed drained pineapple to this salad…it really adds a great taste for summer.


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