Tuna Pasta Salad

4 people
20 min

Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad is the secret to a cozy day!

Have you ever come across a pasta recipe that made you want to prepare it right away? Maybe you have, maybe you have not. But since you are reading this recipe post, I believe you are looking for an easy creamy salad recipe. If so, you have reached your destination.

This tuna pasta salad tastes better when served cold. It’s perfect for holiday gatherings, BBQs, or house parties.

I believe my recipe is the best because it has all the classic flavors. And you can easily find the ingredients. No extra shopping is required.

Enjoy the tuna pasta salad over lunch or dinner. And if you don’t want to pair this salad with any other dish, that’s fine because this salad is a complete dish in itself.

Can’t wait to make this salad? Scroll down to know how it’s prepared.

Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

I don’t know about you, but when the weather gets cozy, I crave pasta salad. And this tuna pasta salad always keeps me full and leaves me with a craving of wanting more.

What separates my tuna pasta recipe from other recipes is its simplicity. You don’t require so many ingredients. With a few ingredients, you can prepare a magical salad that’s bursting with flavors. This salad never fails to please anyone’s taste buds because it’s tasty and equally healthy. That’s a win-win, in my opinion.

Oh, and how can I forget to tell you how quickly you can prepare this salad? You don’t have to spend all your afternoon preparing this creamy tuna pasta salad. And yet, you will convince everyone that you’ve given this dish so much of your time and effort. Because it’s still made with love, no matter what.

Steps to Make Delicious Tuna Pasta Recipe

I have separated the steps of salad preparation into two steps for you to follow easily. Ready, get set, go!

Equipment Needed

Tuna Pasta Salad: Step One

Preparing the tuna pasta salad begins by boiling a small portion of the pasta as instructed. You can use any pasta, like small shells, penne, bow-shaped, rotini, or any of your favorite bite-sized pasta.

I prefer rotini and small shells because the cream goes inside them, and they grab the dressing well. This thing further gives the salad a rich, creamy taste.

After cooking the pasta, drain the water and cool it under ice-cold water. After cooling, place the pasta in a separate bowl. Moving further, put canned tuna after draining it. Next, add cherry tomatoes, properly diced onions, and frozen peas.

Once you have added all the ingredients, then combine them well.

Tuna Pasta Salad: Step Two

This step begins by adding flavors to the salad. Take half a cup of mayo and add it to the salad. Next, add sour cream and season the dish with salt as per taste.

You can even add pepper, dried dill, and finely chopped parsley to enhance the taste. After adding everything, combine the salad properly till each piece of pasta gets properly covered in mayo, sour cream, and spices.

As I have said, you can prepare this salad by using the items you have in your kitchen. The dish does not need any hard-to-find ingredients.

Expert Cooking Tips

  • If you are using macaroni, you can reduce the amount of pasta while keeping the number of other ingredients. But if you are using any other suggested pasta, you can freely add more/less the suggested quantity to make it perfect as per your taste.
  • To add more crunch and antioxidants to your salad, you can add celery. Put one cup of celery, and it will make a perfect addition to your creamy salad.
  • For the dressing, you can even include dijon mustard and garlic. Also, you can add an extra tablespoon of red wine vinegar to add extra flavor to the salad.

Should I Add Tuna Pasta to my Fitness Diet?

The tasty and creamy tuna pasta is quite popular among fitness addicts and bodybuilders. That’s because this salad requires lean meat that doesn’t have much fat in it. It’s a fantastic source of protein, with calories and fat content low.

Choose tuna canned in water and not oil to make it healthier. So, if you want to increase your protein intake in a delicious and creamy way, add tuna pasta salad to your fitness diet.

How Long Can I Store Tuna Pasta Salad?

If you have prepared a larger quantity of salad or want to store it, use an airtight container. Put the salad in the container. Preserving the salad in an airtight container can increase its shelf life.

It will stay edible for around 3 to 5 days. So, make sure that you finish the salad in the given time; otherwise, it will go bad.

How to Make Tuna Pasta Salad Taste Better?

Add cottage cheese if you are not a fan of mayo and want to make your salad taste better after replacing this ingredient. It will give the dish a rich, creamy taste, and the flavors will also be not compromised.

If not cottage cheese, you can switch to plain greek yogurt. It’s an excellent substitute because it’s healthy and tastes yummy.

How to Make Tuna Pasta Less Fishy?

For this, you can add sugar, grapes, and pickles. Sweet overtones can balance the fishy taste.

Recipe details
  • 4  people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1/2 lb cooked pasta
  • 9 oz canned tuna drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tbsp parsley freshly chopped

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
Drain and cool under ice-cold water and place in a bowl.
Add the drained tuna, cherry tomatoes, diced red onion, and frozen peas.
Stir in the mayo, sour cream, season with salt and pepper to taste, dried dill, and chopped parsley.
Mix until combined and serve to enjoy.
  • Note: Along with Tuna Pasta salad, you can serve fried chicken, sandwiches, corn, hamburgers, or fried okra.
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