Tuna and Veggie Pasta Salad (Parve)

Tuna and Veggie Pasta Salad (Parve)

The Spruce / Qi Ai

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
463 Calories
28g Fat
34g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 463
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 19g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tuna pasta salad is a potluck and picnic classic, and this one ups the game with the addition of crisp blanched broccoli, juicy cherry tomatoes, olives and scallions. This colorful, one-dish meal is also ideal for a quick, kid-friendly supper on a busy night, or for toting along in packed lunches.

Look forward to that packed lunch by pairing this tuna pasta combo with a delicious salad. Iced tea and fresh strawberries are ideal go-withs, too. 

Ingredients

  • For the Salad:
  • 8 ounces/227 grams pasta (rotini or fusilli)
  • 2 cups broccoli (fresh, small florets)
  • 2 cans/10 ounces tuna (water-packed, drained)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (cherry or grape, halved)
  • 3/4 cup olives (sliced black or green)
  • 3 scallions (white and light green parts only, sliced into thin rounds)
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup/115 milliliters mayonnaise (regular or low fat)
  • 1/4 cup/60 milliliters olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine or rice vinegar
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Tuna and Veggie Pasta Salad (Parve) ingredients

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  2. Cook pasta according to package directions in boiling salted water.

    pasta cooking in a pot

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  3. For the last minute of cooking, add the broccoli florets.

    broccoli and pasta in a pot with water

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  4. Drain noodles and broccoli.

    noodles and broccoli in a pot, removed with spoon

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  5. Rinse immediately under very cold running water and drain well.

    pasta and broccoli in a colander

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  6. In a large bowl, combine the pasta and broccoli with the tuna, tomatoes, olives, and scallions.

    combine the pasta and broccoli with the tuna, tomatoes, olives, and scallions in a bowl

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  7. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar, mustard (if using), salt and pepper.

    mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl

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  8. Beat with a whisk for a creamy-textured dressing.

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  9. Just before serving, pour dressing over tuna-pasta salad and mix well.

    Tuna and Veggie Pasta Salad (Parve) in a bowl

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Variations

  • Want to make the recipe more wholesome? Try swapping regular pasta for whole wheat. Between the veggies, tuna, and dressing, there are lots of complimentary flavors and textures in the dish to help whole-grain newbies get acclimated to the change. 
  • Not a fan of mayo-based dressings? Skip it and toss the salad with a fruity extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste. Season with freshly cracked black pepper and a pinch of coarse sea salt, if desired. 


Tip

  • Tuna and mayo are both pretty perishable, so if you're sending this to work or school, be sure to pack the refrigerated salad in a thermos to keep it safely cool until lunchtime.
  • Transporting it to a picnic or potluck? A well-insulated cooler bag with plenty of ice packs is a good bet.