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Tuna pasta salad with fresh diced red onions, celery, dill and peas in a mixing bowl and a white plate.

Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 6-8


This chilled tuna pasta salad with pasta, celery, red onions, peas, mayo, fresh dill and lemon juice is a classic, family favorite side dish.


Units Scale
  • 16 oz. rotini/shell/macaroni pasta, cooked al dente, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (12 oz.) can albacore white tuna in water, drained
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Warm up the peas by adding 2 tablespoons of water to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Drain any excess liquid.
  3. Add tuna, celery, red onion, peas, and pasta to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add in mayonnaise, lemon juice, thyme, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stir gently to combine and mix well.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and serve chilled.
  7. Enjoy!


  • Add some bite – Add some bite with some mustard.
  • Add more flavor – Add more flavor with some sweet pickle relish or regular relish.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins