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Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

This little gem of a recipe was taught to me by my best friend over 14 years ago and has since remained in my head. She is now sailing all over the Caribbean with a Captains license while I’m firmly rooted on land and happily playing house. We don’t see much of each other but we are still kindred spirits.

It’s a fairly simple but easy to love recipe for Tuna Pasta Salad, best served chilled. I made a big batch of this once in my family home and it was gone in a day; I barely got a bite! Ironically, I have not made it since.

Tuna Pasta Salad

So here we have tri-colored rotini pasta with chunks of tuna, celery and onions with a simple seasoning of thyme, salt, pepper and a splash of lemon juice; an easy salad that goes a long way (unless of course you have a house full of piranhas like I did).

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Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1 lb. tri-color rotini pasta, cooked al dente, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (12 oz) tuna
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mash up the tuna with a fork and combine with pasta
  2. Add celery, onions and mayonnaise and stir to combine
  3. Season with thyme, sugar, salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice
  4. Refrigerate and serve chilled


1 Comment

  • Reply
    Navaneetham Krishnan
    August 24, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Really easy and I should be able to replicate it. Not a big fan of pasta but sure we need the change in the type of food we eat.

    Simple flavors, no heavy but very inviting.

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