Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

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This tuna pasta salad is a quick and delicious meal for any night of the week!

Pull out a bowl and brace yourself for seconds. This delicious tuna and pasta dish make for a wonderful family meal.

A white pasta bowl filled with this Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe.

Tuna Pasta Salad

This delicious pasta salad is made with two main ingredients, tuna and your favorite pasta. Then toss in some green peas, purple onions and a bit of mayo and you’ll have a dish that is sure to please the tuna lovers at your dinner table. It’s a very filling meal that truly satisfies.

Cold Tuna Pasta Salad

One of the best things about this tuna pasta salad is that it can be served warm or cold. In fact, you can serve this straight from the fridge if you want to make it ahead of time.

I serve it warm in winter and cold in summer. It’s always a perfect meal, just the way it is.

What You’ll Need

1 lb. pasta – This can be any type or shape of pasta you prefer. I used Cavatappi pasta because that’s what I had on hand. But rotini or macaroni will work well here too.

2 cups green peas – I bought mine frozen and boiled them with the pasta. But you can use fresh if you like. It’s really easy to just dump them into the pot with the pasta and let them cook together. Saves time and dirty pots. You could use canned peas if that’s what you have, just be sure to read ingredients. Avoid peas with added sugar.

1 cup chopped purple onions – Yellow onions work, but purple (red) onions are the best in this salad. I highly recommend them. I do not recommend white onions.

1 cup mayonnaise – You can make your own homemade mayo, or purchase a clean version, depending on what your priorities are. I highly recommend avoiding mayo with sugar in it because it will be too sweet in this dish.

2 cans tuna – I used water packed tuna. I highly recommend it to avoid excess calories and fat.

And up close view of this Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe in a white bowl. You can see the cavatappi pasta, green peas and bits of purple onion in the noodles.

How To Make Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Cook the pasta to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in all the other ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Serve warm or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • This will not freeze well.

What To Serve With This Pasta Dinner

Truly, this is a full meal all on its own. But if you want a side dish or something to pair it with, this will go very well with a green salad on the side and maybe a slice of bread. Although the bread may be a bit much for some.

A bowl of soup would be a good starter for this dish as well. Something like a vegetable or Tomato Soup, Minestrone or even a Potato Corn Chowder.

And overhead view looking down into a white pasta bowl filled with this Tuna Pasta Salad. You can see the creamy mayo, green peas, purple onions and a bit of fresh, green garnish sprinkled over the top.

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Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

A white pasta bowl filled with this Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe.

Tuna Pasta Salad

A delicious bowl of pasta that is a filling and complete meal all by itself.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 475kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pasta (cooked to package directions)
  • 2 cups green peas (cooked – you can cook them with the pasta for convenience)
  • 1 cup chopped purple onions
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (no sugar added)
  • 2 cans tuna (water packed)

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
    Cooked Cavatappi pasta in a large white mixing bowl.
  • Add in all the other ingredients and mix until well combined. Serve warm or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
    Side view of a bowl filled with this Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

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