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a bowl of tuna pasta salad

Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad


Description

This is a yummy and Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad recipe! This classic American lunch or potluck recipe is easy to prepare and store until you’re ready to serve. Gluten-free and dairy-free options included.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 12ounce box or bag of elbow macaroni pasta (use gluten-free pasta to make this recipe gluten-free; I like the Tinkyada brand)
  • 2 5ounce cans of albacore solid white tuna
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (use coconut yogurt for dairy-free diets)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill or 1 tablespoon of fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stovetop. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, open the cans of tuna into a large mixing bowl. Use a fork to break up the tuna into bite-sized pieces or into flakes.
  3. Add the celery, onion, mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, dill, salt, and pepper to the bowl, and stir to combine.
  4. When the pasta is done cooking, drain it in a colander. Pour the drained pasta into the bowl with the tuna and the other ingredients and toss gently to combine.
  5. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

  1. Try to find sustainably-harvested canned tuna. I like the Wild Planet brand.
  2. You can use whole wheat pasta if you like.
  3. If you want to make this recipe even lighter, you can decrease the mayonnaise to ¼ cup and increase the Greek yogurt to ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons.
  4. Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. If you take this salad to a potluck, be sure to keep it refrigerated until it’s time to serve. The salad should not sit out for more than 4 hours to prevent foodborne illness.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: tuna salad, tuna pasta salad, pasta salad with tuna, tuna noodle salad, tuna macaroni salad