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Tuna Pasta Salad

Tender pasta, creamy dressing, tender tuna, and a few other delicious ingredients make this tuna pasta salad great tasting comfort food.

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Tuna Pasta Salad
Tuna Pasta Salad

This tuna pasta salad is a classic!

It easy, fast, and I usually have all the ingredients that I need to throw it together. 

Pasta and Tuna Make a Great Healthy Meal Too

This is wonderful as a meal. There are so many great health benefits from eating tuna fish. It is a good source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids that are supposed to help fight heart disease.

Tuna and Pasta
Tuna and Pasta

Time Tested Tuna Recipe

This is one of those recipes that has been made so many times, that it can be made from memory.

However, that is not to say that this recipe hasn’t been tweaked to be made just the way we like it. For the sauce in this recipe, it is made from a mixture of Miracle Whip and mayonnaise.

Healthy Food Tuna Pasta Salad
Healthy Food Tuna Pasta Salad

I love the creaminess and the fresh taste of this salad.

When my daughter makes this recipe, I am lucky if I even get a taste of it. Her husband and father-in-law get their share first.

This is one of their favorite foods – it just doesn’t last around them very long. Of course, for a person that is relatively new to cooking, that is the best feeling in the world.

Time Saving Hints in Preparing This Delicious Tuna Salad Recipe

While your pasta is cooking, prepare all of the other ingredients. By the time the pasts is done, the tuna salad will be moments away from being done.

Hearty Noodle Options
Hearty Noodle Options

Pasta for Salad

There are a number of pastas that ca be used in this salad. Here are a few. Try a few and find your favorite in taste and texture.

  • Bow tie
  • Ditalini Pasta
  • Fusilli Pasta
  • Gemelli Pasta
  • Macaroni
  • Shells

I like to cook the pasta by draining it in a colander and running cool water over the pasta. Shake the colander a few times to help the last bit of water drip off. Add to bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients.

easy side salad
easy side salad

Use a Large Bowl for Mixing

Make sure that both your bowl and kettle is large enough to hold 24 ounces of cooked pasta. This will save you from having to dig out a larger bowl in the middle of the process.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

Bring tuna pasta salad to your next gathering. This pasta salad is easy to put together.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta, potluck, recipe, salad, snack, Tuna
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 165kcal


  • 2 12 Oz boxes Farafelle Pasta (bow-tie pasta) (cooked, drained, and cooled)
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion diced
  • 15 Oz. Sweet Green Peas 1 can (drained)
  • 2 4 Oz. cans Tuna drained
  • 1 Tsp. Dry Mustard or to taste
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp. Paprika
  • 1 Cup cheese Cubed (optional)


  • Cook, drain, and rinse the pasta. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine tuna, onion, peas, cheese (if desired), dry mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Add pasta, mayonnaise, and Miracle Whip. Mix ingredients together.
  • Sprinkle the paprika on top of the salad. Serve and enjoy.

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Tuna Pasta Salad Served


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1mg
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