Tuna Pasta Salad

You're home, you're inspired to cook dinner, you even have a great recipe in mind. Excited, you head into the kitchen to get all of your ingredients out and....oh no! You're missing one!

Has this ever happened to you? It happens to me often and having my dinner plans ruined because I'm out of that one key ingredient drives me crazy. I can't tell you how many times I've wished my refrigerator was stocked with an endless supply of every ingredient known to man because the thought alone of having to drag two kids to the market for just one item is beyond frustrating to me, not to mention unfair to the kids, especially when I have so little time to cook to begin with.

I love this Tuna Pasta Salad because it's rare that I'm ever out of any of the ingredients AND the kids love it. Plus, if you happen to be missing an ingredient, the dish will still hold up (unless of course the one ingredient you're out of is tuna!).

While I can't solve "missing ingredient syndrome", this dish is pretty close to foolproof whether you want to put together a quick lunch or easy dinner. Everything is right within your reach.

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Tuna Pasta Salad (serves 4)

Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free


  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 8 oz Cans Fresh Water Tuna
  • 4 Cups Pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 Cup Carrot, peeled & shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Cucumber, seeded & diced
  • 1/4 Cup Dill Pickles, diced
  • 1 Tomato, seeded & diced


1. Place the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and combine to make the sauce.
2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, pour the sauce on top and combine.
3. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
4. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.