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Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad is an AMAZING creamy macaroni salad that is filled with chopped veggies, avocado, and tuna. This is going to impress everyone at your next potluck!

If you love avocado as much as I do, here are some other great potluck options:  Strawberry Avocado Salad, Avocado Shrimp Ceviche, or Avocado Basil Pasta.

Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad in a white bowl with a grey cloth on the side.

Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad

Holy moly this pasta salad is incredible. I feel like tuna and avocado goes together like peas and carrots. I eat tuna with avocado for my lunches at least 3 times a week. It is my favorite pairing together. I was making this pasta salad and I thought to myself, how amazing would this salad be if I added tuna!?

I love taking a good pasta salad dish to a potluck and macaroni salad is always a classic. But when you add fresh avocado and tuna, it takes it to a new and delicious level. I am telling you. This became a favorite with the very first bite!

What is in tuna avocado pasta salad?

  • tuna
  • avocado
  • shredded carrots
  • chopped red onion
  • chopped red and green bell pepper
  • creamy mayonnaise dressing

Ingredients for Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad in a clear bowl.

How do you make a simple pasta salad?

To start, bring a large pot of water to boil and add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water. In a large mixing bowl, add pasta, chopped veggies, tuna, avocado and creamy mayonnaise dressing until incorporated. Top with fresh cracked pepper and chopped chives if desired.

Close up of Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad in a clear bowl with a wooden spoon for serving.

What is a good substitute for mayonnaise in pasta salad?

  • plain greek yogurt
  • sherry vinegar or dijon mustard
  • Plain yogurt
  • Salsa and olive oil
  • guacamole
  • balsamic vinegar

What goes with pasta salad for dinner?

Grilled meat always goes well with pasta salad. But you can also include grilled corn, baked sweet potatoes, sliced tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli or baked beans.

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Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad

4.67 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad is an AMAZING macaroni salad that is filled with chopped veggies, avocado, and tuna. This is going to impress everyone at your next potluck!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6



  • Bring a large pot to boil and add elbow macaroni. Cook until al dente and then rinse in a colander in cold water.
  • In a large bowl add pasta, tuna, carrots, red onion, bell peppers, and avocado. In a small bowl whisk mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar and dijon mustard. Pour over pasta and toss to coat. Garnish with fresh cracked salt and pepper and chopped chives if desired. Serve immediately or chilled, but add avocado in right before serving.


Calories: 3371kcalCarbohydrates: 225gProtein: 79gFat: 242gSaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 2202mgPotassium: 3223mgFiber: 37gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 4460IUVitamin C: 192.1mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 7.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 4 stars
    How do you keep an avocado from turning a brownish color in a salad, when the air gets at the fruit it’s not nice to eat

  2. It would be nice to have the servings for a recipe. I love the Tuna Avocado Macaroni Salad but need to know how many it serves before I make it.

      1. I like to use or for any nutritional information that I may have. Hope that helps and you find what you are looking for. XOXO

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night. Unfortunately, I had to leave out the bell pepper. My husband just can’t tolerate it. Even without the bell pepper, it was delicious. I did feel like it needed something else. Any suggestions as to what I can add to replace the bell pepper? I though about just a hint of chipolte or some other type of pepper. I will definitely be making this again.

    1. celery, green peas, broccoli florets, garnish with cherry tomatoes for some color, add fresh herbs, cilantro, parsley or basil.

  4. 5 stars
    I live in the West Indies, to be exact I’m from the island of Trinidad. This recipe looks so delicious, I can taste it. We are in the month of June, that’s the season for avocados and most of us enjoy them, I will certainly make this dish. It is exciting!

  5. It really could be a simple summer dinner once you add all that protein in there! Yum!