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bowl of pasta salad with wooden spoon

Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

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  • Author: Alexis Joseph
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Deliciously creamy Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad with macaroni, plenty of tuna, and peas lightened up Greek yogurt! A quick, easy and satisfying lunch or side dish.


Ingredients

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  • 8oz elbow macaroni, shells, bow-tie, or rotini (2 cups dry, can use whole wheat, gluten free, etc)
  • 2-5oz cans tuna, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery (1 large or 2 small stalks)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickle
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried dill, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt, to taste + 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package directions.
  2. Drain pasta and place in a large mixing bowl to cool.
  3. Make dressing by whisking together yogurt, mayo, pickles, Djion, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4. Add onion, celery, and peas to bowl with pasta. Flake tuna into mixing bowl with a fork.
  5. Add dressing. Use a wooden spoon to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning (I add 1/4 tsp more salt). The flavors will meld and get better as it sits in the fridge.

Notes

You may notice the photos include capers rather than pickles; I prefer the version with pickles!