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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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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27 comments

  • Sarah

    DO you worry about feeding your family tuna because of the mercury content? I used to love tuna before starting a family but we went cold turkey and have not had a bite since just \"in case\" our bodies were sensitive to the mercury intake. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

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    • Laurie

      I have that same concern. It's a personal choice so you need to do what you feel comfortable with, but I won't feed my son tuna. I don't trust it. But I can see this recipe being just as good with canned chicken or even beans if you have those on hand. You could even serve it without meat/beans if you didn't have any as the pasta and veggies would be enough to satisfy my little guy. Thanks Catherine! The great thing about your recipes is that they are so versatile that you can really customize them to meet your family's needs. Just having these ideas helps immensely. Love your site!

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    • Brandy

      Yeah, this will be fantastic with salmon instead! I haven't had tuna in the last 5 yrs or so because of the mercury issue.

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    • Catherine

      Surprisingly, canned tuna is actually a much better choice then line caught tuna if you compare the two. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/SeafoodWatch/web/sfw_factsheet.aspx?fid=129 As long as you eat it in moderations it's a good choice You can also buy it in pouches if you're worried about cans (which I tend to be). Wholefoods sells BPA free canned tuna too.

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  • Holly

    I make a similar recipe for my family and always include some kind of beans, chickpeas are my favorite, but there are so many others that would hold up well.

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  • Sara

    My daughter has egg allergies. What could I substitute for the mayo in this recipe?

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    • Eden

      I always substitue Vegenaise for mayonnaise! I love mayo- but seriously, vegenaise tastes just as good and has no cholesterol!

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    • Catherine

      You can use vegannaise :)

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    • Michelle

      I always use plain yogurt in my tuna salad. It is a different taste, but I think it is a good mix. In this case, it is only 2 Tbs, so it might be worth a try. Maybe cut back on the lemon juice though, since yogurt can be tangy itself.

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    • Kelly

      greek yogurt! (:

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  • Judy In Kalamazoo

    Is the picture a full recipe or a serving? If a serving, it seems rather ample. How much would you estimate a serving to be? I would be making this for 4 - 5 adult eaters.

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    • Catherine

      The above picture for this recipe is just over 1 serving (the bowl isn't very big). You could serve it over lettuce and tomatoes to stretch it a bit or just add an extra can of tuna and a tough more veggies, pasta, mayo, lemon juice etc.. to pump it up a bit.

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    • Catherine

      No, this is a serving in a small bowl. This would be plenty for 4-5 :)

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  • Catherine

    Hi,

    vitalchoice.com has tuna and salmon very low in mercury and high in selenium (to help bind to and detox mercury). They also have BPA free cans. Check them out. They are a little pricey but good quality.

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  • Clarity

    Follow Your Heart's grapeseed oil Vegannaise is so good, I have not eaten mayo in 3 years -- since I first tasted the Vegannaise. Amazing in everything.

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  • Laura Weinand

    I'm normally one to turn my nose from tuna...I never really liked it. But I tried this recipe and it is really yummy. Thank you for the recipe!

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  • Leigh

    I made this with salmon (had it on hand) and it was incredible! My kids gobbled it up and asked for more after! Great dinner for hot days...Thanks for a super yummy recipe!

    PS. I'm pregnant so the pickles were a definite hit for me :)

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  • Jen

    Delicious! I made this for lunch today and it was very tasty. The pickle adds such a nice touch and I love that the \"dressing\" is not overbearing or too much of it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  • thi20

    can i use green spagetti? i still have some of those left and i dont wanna buy a new packet of pasta:(

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    • Catherine

      Yes, you can use green spaghetti!

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  • Tuna Pasta Salad

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  • Satoko

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  • J

    Do you drain the tuna? I assume so....

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  • Anna

    My mom used to make us a tuna \"casserole\" growing up. This reminds me of her recipe but with so many better ingredients. I made it the other night and it was absolutely delicious!! I subbed peas for the cucumber (didn't have one in the fridge) and it turned out great!

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  • Ellen Quinones

    I made this for my 3 year old for her school lunch and its absolutely delish! I did have to make some changes though. I used barrila veggie pasta instead of regular pasta so I omitted the carrots and cucumber since hubby doesn't like cucumber. and added a bit more mustard than usual. Added pickle juice and more pickles :) and it was still terrific. Great for hot days! I also must add that Hubby put White Sauce (Japanese Steakhouse style) on his and loved it even more lol.

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