Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad – Versatile, tasty and packed with goodness

You can easily make this dish as wholesome as you would like it to be.

Tuna Pasta Salad

Whip this delicious, creamy tuna pasta salad together in less than 20 minutes. This is an easy lunch or side dish to serve when time is not on your side. Filled with so much flavour and fresh ingredients, this dish is seriously addictive.

Surprise your family every time you prepare tuna pasta salad by experimenting with unique flavour and ingredient combinations. Some ideas are to add tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, peppadews or carrots. What about piquant cheddar or feta cheese cubes? Dried fruit, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or walnuts are also very tasty ideas to consider.

You can make this dish as wholesome as you would like it to be. Just use whole wheat pasta and mayonnaise with reduced oil.  Some celery, chickpeas and fresh sprouts are all wholesome ingredients that make this meal incredibly healthy.

Enjoy this recipe as a lovely lunch or serve as a side dish at your next barbecue.

Tuna Pasta Salad

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Jessica Alberts Course: Lunch, SideCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 250 g pasta of choice

  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, cut into cubes

  • 4 gherkins, diced

  • 1 apple, cored and cut into small cubes

  • 1 red pepper, cut into small cubes

  • 1 tin tuna, drained

  • ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup plain yoghurt

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • Squeezed lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper


  • Boil water in a pot. Add the pasta and cook accordingly to the packet instructions (approximately 8 minutes).
  • While the pasta is cooking, chop the red pepper, gherkins, apple and cheese into bite-size pieces.
  • Remove the pasta from the heat and drain. Rinse under cold water.
  • Make the dressing in a small bowl by combining the mayonnaise, yoghurt and Dijon mustard. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and lemon pepper.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, tin of tuna and chopped salad ingredients. Add the dressing and mix well until combined.
  • Top with cranberries / raisins.

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