My mother has been making this macaroni salad with tuna for about 50 yrs or more. Through the years, this dish has been brought to every family cookout that I can remember and now is made mostly by me for our family cook-out nights. It's always a big hit! The special touch is the orangy tint that the Paprika causes, it makes it officially hers!
1 bag or box of Elbow pasta (or whichever you prefer)
2 6oz cans of Chunk white tuna in water, drained
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
3/4 cup of Mayonaise (more or less as needed)
1 small onion diced
2 carrots chopped finely (optional)
Paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper
*optional a few tablespoons of Dill Pickle juice*
Boil the pasta in a pot of salted water, drain. I like to use the sink sprayer and spray cold water all over the pasta until its cool to the touch or you can do it ahead and set it aside to cool. When cool, add in the salad oil, mayo, tuna, chopped onions and carrots (if used). Stir together well, then add spices to taste. Top with some sprinkles of Paprika. Refrigerate for a min of 2-3 hours, the longer it sits, the better!