Italian Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

Published on August 17th 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Need something quick and easy for meal prep? This Italian Tuna Pasta Salad is perfect for meal prep. It's also perfect for picnics and barbecues. You can make it beforehand and then chill it in the fridge. And the longer this Italian Tuna Pasta Salad sits, the more flavorful it will be. But even if you serve it immediately, it will still be delicious. Serve this Italian Tuna Pasta Salad with other tasty classics like BBQ chicken sandwiches or blackened halibut

 

What is Italian pasta salad made of?

Italian tuna pasta salad is made with fusilli pasta, tuna, red bell pepper, red onion, capers, Kalamata olives, and crushed red pepper flakes. The Dijon dressing is made with chives, lemon juice, maple syrup, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, kosher salt, Dijon mustard, and black pepper. 

 

Should Tuna Pasta be hot or cold?

Italian tuna pasta salad is usually served cold. This gives the flavors in the tuna pasta salad time to meld together. 

 

How long will tuna pasta salad last in the fridge?

Italian tuna pasta salad will last 3–5 days in the fridge. Store the Italian tuna pasta salad in an airtight container to ensure it lasts as long as possible. 

 

Can you put egg in tuna pasta?

Yes, you can put hard-boiled eggs in tuna pasta salad. It will add more protein and absorb the excess liquid if there is too much moisture in the tuna pasta salad. 

 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

Dijon Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard

     

  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon 

     

  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

     

  • 1 Garlic Clove, grated

     

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Chives, minced 

     

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

     

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt 

     

  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup

     

  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

Pasta Salad:
  • 8 ounces Fusilli Pasta 

     

  • 1 (6 ounce) can Albacore Tuna in water, drained 

     

  • 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, diced 

     

  • 1 medium Red Onion, diced 

     

  • 4 tablespoons Capers 

     

  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata Olives, sliced 

     

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper Flakes 

Instructions

Dijon Dressing:

Whisk the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic, chives, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, maple syrup, and black pepper in a small bowl until combined. 

 

Prepare Salad dressing

Cover the Dijon dressing with plastic wrap. Place the Dijon dressing in the fridge while you make the pasta salad. 

Covering  salad dressing with plastic wrap.
Pasta Salad:

Cook the fusilli pasta using the package directions in a pot of salted boiling water. Drain the fusilli pasta in a colander, then rinse it with cold water. Set it aside. 

 

Draining cooked pasta

Place the tuna into a large bowl and flake with a fork. 

 

Preparing the Tuna

Add the fusilli pasta to the tuna along with the red bell pepper, red onion, capers, Kalamata olives, and crushed red pepper flakes. 

 

Mixing the pasta with bell peppers, corn, capers and olives.

Add the Dijon dressing and toss to combine. Refrigerate the Italian tuna pasta salad for a few hours or pour it into a serving bowl and serve it immediately. 

Adding the dressings to the pasta
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Sarah Leadon
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Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon