Tuna Pasta Salad
Tuna Pasta Salad
5 from 14 votes
This tuna pasta salad recipe is a quick, nutritious meal that the whole family will love. It's a wonderful pasta salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and is ideal for barbecues or family get-togethers.

This tuna pasta salad is a classic! This is a salad recipe that I can guarantee you and your kids will enjoy.

We frequently have this pasta salad for lunch because my kids love it, but it also works well as a dinner or side dish. However, I substituted the peas for sweetcorn. It makes life a lot easier for me because my kids try their hardest to not eat anything green.

I generally have all the ingredients on hand, and it’s quick, simple, and easy to put together.

I also enjoy giving my children food that is known to have excellent health advantages. You can use low-fat mayonnaise to make this salad recipe healthier.

Did you know that omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart disease, are found in tuna fish, a fantastic source of protein?

I combine mustard, mayonnaise and Greek yoghurt to make the sauce for this recipe. Greek yoghurt gives a wonderful creaminess and is a great source of protein.

This hearty recipe for healthy tuna pasta salad is delicious and ideal for a summer lunch. It’s a wonderful pasta salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and is ideal for barbecues or family get-togethers.

This tuna pasta salad recipe contains a good amount of protein from the tuna, carbohydrates from the pasta, and fibre and vitamins from all the vegetables.

For the vegetables, I went with tomato, sweetcorn, red onion and cucumber, but feel free to substitute any other vegetables you choose.

Tuna is very adaptable. It’s one of my favourites for putting together quick dinners. It is affordable, rich in protein, and simply downright delicious.

I used fusilli as the pasta, but you may use any type of pasta you choose.

Is tuna pasta good for weight loss?

Due to its high protein content, low-calorie count, and low-fat content, tuna has become popular in many weight loss programmes. Use low-fat mayonnaise to make it more nutritious.

How long will tuna pasta salad last in the fridge?

Keep the tuna salad in an airtight container to prolong shelf life. You can keep your tuna salad in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

What can I use for tuna instead of mayo?

Greek yoghurt works really well mayo substitute for tuna. In this tuna pasta salad recipe, I used 50/50.

If you’re ready for a significant shift, you can replace all the mayo, but it’s better to start small and transition gradually.

Is pasta healthier than rice?

Rice is the best option for lower calorie and carbohydrate content. However, pasta defeats rice if you’re looking for protein and fibre.

Despite this, both can be included in a balanced diet; the choice frequently comes down to personal preference because the nutritional differences are so slight.

Should I boil canned tuna?

Canned tuna should never be boiled or seared because it is very easy to overcook the meat. The most crucial thing to keep in mind is that you are merely reheating prepared fish that is typically found in canned products.

If you’ve ever reheated food, you’ll know that it only requires a small portion of the initial cooking time.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

by Nabeela Kauser
This tuna pasta salad recipe is a quick, nutritious meal that the whole family will love. It's a wonderful pasta salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and is ideal for barbecues or family get-togethers.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 5
Calories 381 kcal


  • 300 g Tuna Canned
  • 200 g Pasta Fusilli
  • 100 g Sweetcorn Frozen
  • 100 g Mayonnaise
  • 100 g Yoghurt Greek Style
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1/2 Onion Red
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 Salt
  • 1/2 Black Pepper


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a gentle boil
  • Add the pasta to the water and cook for 10-12 minutes on a gentle simmer until the pasta is al dente (See Note 1)
  • Drain and rinse with cold water, so your pasta doesn’t stick
  • In a separate bowl add mayonnaise, Greek yoghurt and combine
  • Then add your veggies, salt, black pepper and mustard and mix together (See Note 2)
  • Finally, add the cooked pasta in the salad and combine
  • It can be served immediately or chilled first to allow the flavours to meld slightly.



Note 1 – Al dente refers to when the pasta is cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture with a bit of a bite
Note 2 – You can substitute any other vegetables you choose for the ones that are used in my recipe. Peas are a popular alternative to sweetcorn


Calories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 19gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 371mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 337IUVitamin C: 6mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 54mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Food, Healthy, Pasta, Recipe, Salad, Summer, Tuna
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1 year ago

5 stars
This looks delicious, but….how to change grams to cup, tsp, tbsp, etc.

Chriseltha Gamases
Chriseltha Gamases
11 months ago

5 stars
Love the recipe….

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