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Best Ever Tuna Pasta Salad

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Best Ever Tuna Pasta Salad
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In our kitchen, we often toss together a batch of our Best Ever Tuna Pasta Salad for lunch! It's hearty enough to satisfy all of our king-sized appetites!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound medium-sized pasta shells
  • 1 (8-ounce) bottle Italian dressing
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) can tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 (15-1/2-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 4 scallions, coarsely chopped

What to Do

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, rinse, drain again and set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, combine dressing, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper; mix well.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pasta, tuna, garbanzo beans, sun-dried tomatoes, and scallions.
  4. Add dressing mixture and toss until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving.


  • We usually use chunk-light tuna packed in water for this tuna pasta salad, but whatever tuna is on sale should work. Did you know that sometimes the tuna packed in oil contains less fat than water-packed tuna because it's a less fatty tuna cut? Be sure to check the labels!
  • Looking for more of our favorite tuna recipes? Check out our collection of Easy Tuna Recipes: 13 Tuna Salad Recipes, Tuna Casserole Recipes, and More!

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I like to try a new recipe as written, and then switch it up to suit my tastes, or what's in my pantry! Be a pretty dull world if we were stifled in our own kitchens!

Very good!!!!!


Love this salad as is, but also like to add salad shrimp (instead of tuna) and sliced black olives and green to both salads Yummmmm Good!

I love peoples ideas, helps use healthful items I already have on hand and gives a nice variety on a basic recipe.

WHY review a recipe that you have CHANGED ??? Makes no sense , Not a review its your version of something, W T H ??? Made this and it was good, will make again. Just the way it says !!!

Why not share variants that you find helpful? Or do you really want 60 recipes that differ only by an ingredient or two?

How about adding frozen peas and onion

Of course, great idea! Add whatever you like! Enjoy!

Try subbing "Miracle Whip" or "Hendricksons" salad dressing for the Italian, and crumbling some feta cheese along with it.

How about a couple of branches of celery including the leaves, maybe some avocado also, carrots are a nice choice also, radishes for color.

What could you use instead of garbanzo beans. Not a fan.

You can either try substituting with another bean or just leave them out completely. Make it your own, add what you like or leave out what you don't! Enjoy!

Try black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed in place of garbanzo beans.

ick peas either used to call them chee chee bans when I was growing up and always picked them out

my suggestion was wiped out for some reason Anyway I use kidney beans much better flavor and look pretty also Hate chick peas!

I like trying new recipes, and usually Mr. Food recipes are great, but this one was one of the few that was not good. No one in my family liked it and it was fed to the chickens. In all fairness, I did make a couple substitutions that could have contributed to the outcome. I used the veggie/colored pasta and roasted red peppers in a jar instead of the sun dried tomatoes and used light zesty Italian dressing.

This salad is great, and it keep well in the refrigerator. I made it strictly according to directions. My only comment is that it makes far more than 6 servings -- at least 8, I would say.

Made this today for a potluch and was well received. I added 2 stalks of diced celery, 2 yellow and orange sweet peppers the small ones you can just eat wo removing the seeds. I did remove the seeds for the receipe. About 1 tablespoon of the reserved oil from the sun dried tomatoes and 1 teaspoon dry dill weed. Yum, yum, yum!!!


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