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Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

Al dente pasta is mixed with flaked tuna and a host of veggies, then covered in a dreamy, creamy yogurt dressing - this Tuna Pasta Salad recipe is the ultimate summer salad!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Mariam E.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rotini pasta dry, uncooked
  • 8 oz Chunk Light Tuna in oil
  • 1/4 cup purple onion finely diced
  • 1/4 cup celery petite diced
  • 1/4 cup carrot sticks finely chopped (or grated carrots)
  • 3 tbsps Italian parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 3 large eggs hard boiled, diced
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños finely chopped
  • 1 large avocado peeled and diced

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp black pepper freshly cracked
  • 2 tbsps Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickled juice or less to your preference
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tbsps olive oil

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Also cook the eggs during this time. Should take about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the veggies and place them in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together until creamy.
  • Once the pasta is done cooking, transfer to a sieve and run through cold water to cool. Then transfer again to the bowl of veggies (without the avocado) and add the tuna. Toss them together to mix well.
  • Add in the dressing, avocados and the diced boiled eggs. Toss very gently to coat them well.
  • Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Notes

  • Choose good quality tuna, packed in water so it doesn’t make the rest of the salad oily. Make sure to drain well.
  • Keep dressing aside if prepping ahead. Mix when ready to eat.
  • Do not cut the avocados ahead to prevent them from discoloring. Only peel and cut when ready to eat.
  • You can substitute tuna with shredded rotisserie chicken. 
  • You can add fresh jalapenos instead of pickled.
  • Corkscrew (rotini) pasta is great for this Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe, as it has lots of surface area to grab the dressing and tuna pieces.
  • Make sure to season your salad well with salt and freshly ground pepper, to really round out all the flavors.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1180IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg
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