Tuna Pasta Salad with Feta & Pine Nuts

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This lightened up healthy tuna pasta salad requires no mayo but has a light lemon dressing and is so easy to make. It’s perfect served cold for a summer lunch. 

Taking it old school with tuna pasta salad today.

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I mean seriously doesn’t tuna pasta salad just make you think of being a kid? 

It was one of my all time favourite foods as a kid and I’m talking about the type that would be slathered in mayo with a few token chunks of cucumber thrown in for good measure. Now don’t get me wrong I still love that exact dish and it remains a real comfort food for me but I felt like it was time to upgrade the humble tuna pasta salad.

This version has some of my favourite ingredients in it and it’s all tossed with a lemony mustardy dressing which keeps the whole thing light and summery. Perfect for a picnic or barbecue.

I’m so excited to add this recipe to my selection of pasta salads along with this caprese pasta salad, mackerel pasta salad and roasted tomato pasta salad.

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Close up of tuna pasta salad with basil and feta

Why we love this tuna pasta salad

It’s full of fresh ingredients like cucumber, red onion and fresh basil which makes it the perfect summer dish

It’s great for meal prep as it will store well in the fridge for several days so you can make it ahead for work lunches or a weekend gathering

It’s also easy to make with ingredients you have on hand so feel free to throw in any leftover veg you like

This is also a healthier and lighter version of a classic tuna pasta salad with a lemon dressing and plenty of filling ingredients

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Tuna Pasta Salad Ingredients:

Pasta: I used fusilli but use whatever cut of pasta you like

Tuna: Make sure to get sustainably sourced tuna 

Red Onion: Very finely chopped

Feta: Crumbled

Sun Dried Tomatoes: Thinly sliced

Pine Nuts

Cucumber

Fresh Basil: And lots of it

Lemon Mustard Dressing: Made from a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard and garlic

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Close up of tuna pasta salad with cucumber

How to make tuna pasta salad?

  1. Cook the pasta: According to packet instructions then run under cold water until cooled
  2. Make the dressing: Whisk together all the dressing ingredients then season to taste
  3. Make the salad: Toss together all of the ingredients with the dressing and serve

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Tuna pasta salad in a glass bowl with basil

Expert tips for making this tuna pasta salad

If you want to make this recipe gluten free simply switch the pasta for your favourite gluten free brand

You could switch the tuna for salmon or smoked mackerel if you prefer

Feel free to add any extra vegetables you like to this pasta salad

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White bowl of tuna pasta salad on a marble surface

Want more? Try these other pasta recipes!

 

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Tuna Pasta Salad with Feta & Pine Nuts

This lightened up healthy tuna pasta salad requires no mayo but has a light lemon dressing and is so easy to make. It's perfect served cold for a summer lunch.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 540kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 300 g Pasta
  • 2 200g tins Tuna drained
  • 1/2 Red Onion chopped
  • 100 g Feta crumbled
  • 10 Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped
  • 50 g Pine Nuts
  • 1/2 Cucumber chopped
  • Bunch Fresh Basil chopped

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions then drain and rinse in cold water until cooled.
  • Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the tuna, red onion, feta, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, cucumber, basil and dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Pasta Salad with Feta & Pine Nuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 559mg 23%
Potassium 679mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Vitamin C 7.1%
Calcium 17%
Iron 22.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Cindy Gordon
    23/06/2019 at 3:27 PM


    Pasta salad is a huge part of summer! We are always looking for new ways to make it. This looks great!

  • Reply
    Beth Pierce
    23/06/2019 at 5:12 PM


    This was such a great recipe! Flavorful, quick and delicious! Yum!

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    23/06/2019 at 7:13 PM


    I love this lighter and healthier tuna pasta salads! Perfect for a picnic!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    24/06/2019 at 2:43 AM

    Pasta is one of my family favorite and this Tuna and cheese combination to this pasta is amazing and unique.

  • Reply
    Suzy
    25/06/2019 at 2:45 AM


    This combination is just perfect! Love it and we will be making it again soon!

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