This gluten-free Pasta Salad with canned tuna is a delicious recipe that you can make for lunch or dinner. This easy meal has a ton of flavor and nutrition.

two bowls of salad

Have you tried chickpea pasta yet? I am a big fan. I actually love it more than lentil pasta because it tastes more like the real thing to me. What are you thoughts if you’ve tried it? This is the brand of chickpea pasta that I like the most.

One box of chickpea pasta has four servings, and each one has 14 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. And, 30% of the RDA for iron.

But, if you don’t have chickpea pasta on hand, you can actually use whatever pasta type you like.

pasta salad ingredients on a baking sheet

Steps & Ingredients

I’m going to show you exactly how I made this delicious recipe that is perfect for meal prepping. In other words, make it today, and enjoy it for at least several days after. You only really need four ingredients, and you can make it in less than 30 minutes.

  1. Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. After the pasta is done cooking, rinse and drain and place in a bowl.
  3. Add the chopped parsley, almond milk cheese, and tuna.
  4. Top with dried cranberries (optional), and serve!

See how easy?! I mentioned that chickpea pasta tastes the most like “real” pasta than any other gluten-free version I’ve tried, especially one that is legume-based. I’m sharing this up-close picture so you can get an idea of what the shells look like after cooking.

cooked pasta with chopped parsley

Salad Simple Dressing

I made the simplest dressing for this pasta salad with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. Honestly, between the other flavors of the dish, including the almond milk ricotta cheese, the parsley, tuna, and dried cranberries, it’s tastes amazing just like that.

If you don’t have dairy-free cheese or you don’t need to eat dairy-free, you can use whatever cheese you have on hand. Goat cheese would be an amazing option.

pasta salad ready to be tossed

Meal Prep Lunch

I mentioned that this dish is perfect for meal prep. When I took it along for an appointment that ran into lunch, I served it with some sun-dried tomato almond flour crackers and fresh organic green grapes. It was lunch perfection.

meal prep lunch including pasta salad, crackers, and grapes

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.

Here’s the printable recipe:

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Chickpea Pasta Salad with Tuna (Gluten-Free)

pasta salad in a bowl topped with dried cranberries

This pasta salad is gluten-free, dairy-free, and a great meal prep option.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce box of chickpea pasta
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 4 ounces dairy-free almond ricotta cheese
  • 2 5-ounce cans of tuna
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dried cranberries (optional, for topping)

Instructions

  1. Cook the chickpea pasta according to the directions on the package. Rinse and drain the pasta once it’s done cooking, and transfer the cooked pasta to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the chopped parsley to the bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Use a spoon or your fingers to dollop out the almond ricotta cheese over the pasta and stir to combine.
  4. Use a fork to flake the tuna into the bowl, and stir one last time.
  5. Serve cold or at room temperature, with a sprinkling of dried cranberries, if desired.

Notes

This salad will keep in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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