This easy tuna pasta salad is a great dish for picnics, BBQs, and even potlucks. It is made with pasta, celery, onion, mayonnaise, and greek yogurt blend as well as spices. It easy an easy dish that can be enjoyed anytime.
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Summer is coming close to an end and I can’t believe I still haven’t shared my famous tuna pasta salad. So it’s finally time to bring you this classic.
Something that you can make for easy dinner or to take with you to BBQs and potlucks this summer or at least whatever is left of it.
This is the best Tuna pasta salad recipe!
Kyle hates pasta salad but he actually enjoyed this one because pasta salad doesn’t have to be plain and tasteless. I mean come on, that’s not what I’m about at all!
If it ain’t got spice, I don’t want it! I added a whole bunch of spices and herbs to take this from boring to the tastiest, most flavorful pasta salad ever. It is filled with onions, cilantro, tanginess of lemon juice, mustard, and dill!
Why you need to make this recipe!
- It is so easy to make.
- You can take it with you to potlucks and BBQs.
- It’s high in protein.
- Instead of using just mayo, it uses both mayonnaise and greek yogurt.
- Can be made with different types of noodles.
Ingredients for this tuna pasta salad
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this healthy tuna pasta salad. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed ingredient measurements.
- Pasta– You can use whatever pasta you’d like.
- Mayonnaise & greek yogurt– The combination of the two is helps reduce the amount of fat tin this and increase the protein.
- Mustard– The mustard will add some depth of flavor and some tang to the pasta salad sauce.
- Lemon juice– The lemon juice also adds a little tang to this pasta salad.
- Dill– The dill flavors this pasta salad perfectly.
- Salt & pepper– Use salt and pepper to taste.
- Onion– Use red onion for this tuna pasta salad.
- Celery– The celery is a traditional ingredient when it comes to pasta salad and it makes it taste so good!
How to make tuna pasta salad
This is how you can make this healthy tuna salad. Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed instructions!
- Cook the noodles to al dente as per the package instructions.
- Mix the mayonnaise, greek yogurt, mustard, lemon juice, dried dill, salt, and pepper until smooth.
- Add the pasta to a large bowl, mix in the celery, red onion, and sauce.
- Stir to combine and serve!
Frequently asked questions – FAQ
How to store leftover tuna pasta salad?
You can store this pasta salad in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.
Depending on if you prefer your pasta salad cold or room temperature, pull it out a little before serving to allow it to get back to room temperature.
My pasta is dry, how can I fix that and keep it moist?
If you’re struggling with your pasta being dry after you store it in the fridge, it’s probably because it absorbed the sauce as it sat. You add a few more tablespoons of greek yogurt and mayonnaise and toss before serving again.
Can I use another pasta shape?
Yes, You can honestly use whichever pasta you have on hand. My favorite pasta shares for tuna pasta salad would have to be macaroni, fusilli, and shells!
What kind of canned tuna should I use?
I always have a large stash of canned tuna at the house because I love making Tuna Sandwiches. My go-to usually is the tuna that’s in water.
I think tuna canned in water will be the best option for this recipe to keep the calories low, and the flavors the same.
Tuna pasta salad recipe
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Easy Tuna Pasta Salad
- 8 oz dry pasta shells, macaronis, or anything similar
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- ½ tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon salt add more to taste if needed
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- ¼ cup red onion chopped
- 1 can tuna drained 7oz with water – 6 oz drained
- Cook the noodles to al dente according to the package instruction, drain, and let them cool down.
- In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, greek yogurt, mustard, lemon juice, dried dill, salt, and black pepper until smooth.
- In a large bowl, add in the cooled-down pasta, chopped celery and onion, and the sauce. Mix everything together to evenly coat the pasta salad. Serve.
How to store leftover tuna pasta salad?You can store this pasta salad in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. Depending on if you prefer your pasta salad cold or room temperature, pull it out a little before serving to allow it to get back to room temperature.
My pasta is dry, how can I fix that and keep it moist?If you’re struggling with your pasta being dry after you store it in the fridge, it’s probably because it absorbed the sauce as it sat. You add a few more tablespoons of greek yogurt and mayonnaise and toss before serving again.
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