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Easy Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

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An easy tuna pasta salad recipe featuring sweet pickles for a quick and delicious lunch for one or a for family get-together. 

You all know that when it comes to cooking, I’m all for easy. Remember my baked tomatoes and mozzarella and skinny broccoli alfredo? So easy but so delicious! The same goes for lunch.  

easy tuna pasta salad on white plate

I work from home every day, and run around the house chasing our 10 month old puppy, so by the time lunch rolls around I’m pretty hungry. Because I’m so busy I like to make my lunches ahead of time so I can just throw it in a bowl and not worry about cooking. 

This pasta salad recipe is perfect for that.

Making tuna pasta salad

I only use a few ingredients in this yummy pasta salad, tuna, carrots, celery, salt, pepper and mayo. The star of this salad though, is the sweet pickles and pickle juice. 

chopping carrots and celery on a green cutting board

While the pasta is cooking I quickly chop up my carrots, celery and sweet pickles. You could add onion or pepper but I’m not a fan so they aren’t invited to my pasta salad party. 

After the pasta is drained and rinsed I put it in a bowl. I add all of the chopped veggies and pickles, a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a cup of mayo. Then I mix it all up and then add a 1/4 cup of magic…the sweet pickle juice. Just a little to give it that sweetness.

Next I add the tuna, and mix it all well.

overhead view of tuna pasta salad recipe with chopped carrots and celery, sweet pickles and a big dollop of mayonnaise

I like my salad to be nice and cold so I’ll stick it in the fridge for an hour or two before I serve it. When I’m ready to eat I just give it a good stir and spoon some on a plate. 

A quick and delicious lunch, and you have several days worth just waiting in the fridge for you. It’s also great for picnics and family get-togethers.

easy tuna pasta salad on white dish

It’s turned out to be a perfect meal for camping, too. We’ve actually been taking it on our trips this summer. I make it a day ahead of our departure and put it in the RV fridge. Our lunch is all ready for us whenever we get hungry, and we don’t have to cook. 

Who wants to cook when you’re having fun?

easy tuna pasta salad on white plate with large graphic
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Tuna Pasta Salad

easy tuna pasta salad on white dish

An easy yet tasty tuna pasta salad recipe with sweet pickles. It's a perfect dish for lunch for 1 or for a family gathering.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. rotelle pasta
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped sweet pickles
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 6.4 oz. package of tuna
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle juice

Instructions

  1. Cook 1 box/package rotelle pasta
  2. While pasta is cooking chop carrots, celery and sweet pickles into small pieces
  3. Drain pasta, rinse and pour into bowl
  4. Add chopped carrots, celery, sweet pickles, salt and pepper, and mayo
  5. Mix well
  6. Add sweet pickle juice and tuna
  7. Mix well
  8. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 582mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 16g

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6 Comments

  1. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Thanks, i am all about easy and lasting for awhile. Am anxious to try.

    1. I’m the same way, Marlene. If I only have to cook once every couple days, I’m happy. 😉 Let me know what you think if you give this a try.

  2. Pretty much the same as I make, only I use canned salmon rather than tuna. I always add a bit of the pickle juice also to cut the oiliness of the mayo. You’re right – this is great for several lunches in a row.

    1. Your version sounds interesting, Pat. I’m not sure I could get Roger to try it but I would like it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Yummy, it is good. I’ve tasted yours and it is just a little different but delicious. I liked it better the second or third day — if you can keep it that long🤗❣️❣️

    1. Thanks! I love that it’s easy, delicious and lasts for a few days. 🙂

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