Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad

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This Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad is loaded with an abundance of Italian flavors from olives, tomatoes, tuna, and fresh parsley tossed in a tangy herb dressing. Topped with feta cheese this is a great dinner for a summer night.

I love the convenience of pasta salad for make-ahead meals. The fresh Italian flavors in this salad make for a light dinner that I really crave.

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad is a summer meal to love

I recommend stirring this together in the morning so that you can dish it up whenever you want, whether that’s for easy lunches or simple dinners.

I’ve been on a real tuna fish kick with the cans in the pantry these days and I’m enjoying finding new ways to use these pantry ingredients.

oh! And if you aren’t a fan of tuna, this salad is also delicious with canned chicken.

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna

Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil along with 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, but do not rinse the pasta.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, combine the red onion, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, Za’atar seasoning, salt, and pepper in a medium-size bowl. Stir and let sit while assembling the rest of the salad.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, tuna, olives, tomatoes, and cucumber. Add the onion and all of the juices from the bowl. Stir to coat everything in the dressing.
  4. Sprinkle generously with parsley and toss again. Top with Feta if desired. Taste the salad and add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve or refrigerate until ready to eat.
Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna

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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces fusilli pasta or other small pasta noodles
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced very thin and chopped small
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Za'atar seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 10-12 ounces tuna in water, (2) 5-ounce cans, well-drained
  • 6 ounce can whole black olives, drained and halved
  • 16 ounces grape tomatoes, sliced in half, about 2 cups worth
  • 1 English cucumber, chopped into 1/2" pieces, about 1 cup worth
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup feta, optional

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil along with 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, but do not rinse the pasta.
  • While the pasta is cooking, combine the red onion, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, Za'atar seasoning, salt, and pepper in a medium-size bowl. Stir and let sit while assembling the rest of the salad. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta, tuna, olives, tomatoes, and cucumber. Add the onion and all of the juices from the bowl. Stir to coat everything in the dressing.
  • Sprinkle generously with parsley and toss again. Top with Feta if desired. Taste the salad and add more salt and pepper as needed. Serve or refrigerate until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal · Carbohydrates: 25g · Protein: 12g · Fat: 18g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Cholesterol: 13mg · Sodium: 424mg · Potassium: 288mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 3g · Vitamin A: 441IU · Vitamin C: 9mg · Calcium: 35mg · Iron: 1mg
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