Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad gives tuna a starring role in this flavorful, old-fashioned summertime classic pasta salad.
Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Summertime and old-fashioned salads seem to go hand in hand. And since it is Throwback Thursday, I decided to share this recipe for tuna pasta salad. Tuna is a favorite of mine and has been since I was a kid- and of course I love fish. And tuna as a salad is always popular- it seems everyone has their own favorite recipe for it, and this is mine. So if you haven’t found a fav recipe (yet), give this a try, even if just to compare with your own.

This is perfect for potlucks, picnics or serving at home or with lunch. Just remember to keep it chilled when outdoors- place the bowl in a larger bowl of ice, and then pack it away just as soon as the meal service is finished so it doesn’t sit out. Since if on a picnic it should have been toted there in an ice cooler, putting it away should not be a problem. I think the thing that might happen to people is having so much fun eating and chatting with friends and family that they forget, or if on a crowded picnic table it gets accidentally covered by a blown bag from burger buns or such, it gets hidden. The thing is, while adults are wary of things sitting out, kids might not be, so take care to see things are properly stored. If a kid can fall into a gorilla pit, a kid can most certainly pass by some food sitting out too long and take a bite.

It’s just things to consider with summer dining around- one need not be on a picnic- it can happen inside the home as well. Better  safe than sorry. And now that I have bummed you out with all the scary stuff, hopefully we can just get on to enjoying this food (safely!). But y’all know me- I’m a Mom and Moms are worry-warts or grumpy grannies.

Did I tell you that a couple of weeks ago at Findlay Market some guy called me granny? There’s a throwback-1960’s-bumout for you if there ever was one. I had never been called “Grandma” before in my entire life. Until then. And while I know people my age who are even great grandmothers. I AM NOT, thank you. Jeez, people, give an old girl a break. LOL! At least wait until I actually am. And to think I know people who freak when someone calls them “Ma’am” or “Sir”. I’ll take that any day over being called granny. 😉

Next person that calls me granny- a pall of fear will fall over the city, I promise. 😉

Until next time-


Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tuna Pasta Salad

  • 6 ounces raw macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 (6-1/2 ounces each) cans water packed tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas (add to pasta water last minute of cooking)
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 ounces Cabot White Alpine cheddar, diced
  • 2 ounce jar diced pimiento peppers with liquid
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding frozen peas to pot during the last minute of cooking, then drain.
  2. Stir together with remaining ingredients and chill  before serving.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

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