Tuna and pasta salad

by smth good on June 13, 2011

in fish&seafood,pasta&risotto,salads

I like pasta. A lot. During these hot days I wanted something with pasta, of course, but refreshing. So, I chose a cold salad with pasta, tuna and a nice vinaigrette, served chilled. A nice lunch, indeed!

Serves 2, prep. time 30 minutes


  • 200 grams spaghetti
  • 1 tuna can (chunks, not flakes; in water)
  • 1 green onion or 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp pickled cucumbers (diced)
  • 2 tbsp picked bell-peppers (diced)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill (finely chopped)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

Boil the pasta al dente in water with a pinch of salt.

I used colored pasta (vegetable flavored) for a beautiful effect on the plate :) .

Drain the pasta well and toss them with a tablespoon of olive oil (they won’t be sticky).

Drain the tuna chunks and keep the water.

Prepare the vinaigrette: mix mustard, lemon juice and olive oil (it’s like preparing a mayonnaise). Incorporate some water from the tuna. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a salad bowl, toss the pasta with tuna, the vinaigrette, cucumbers & peppers and chopped chives and dill on top. Decorate with lemon slices.

Serve at room temperature or chilled (20 minutes in the refrigerator). Enjoy!

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Jill Colonna June 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Beautifully done. Simple but full of flavours; nice touch with the pickled cucumber and dill. Sounds so refreshing for a summer dish.


Irena June 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Wonderful idea for pasta, perfect and healthy, sound and looks refreshing and tasty. Love that you add pickles, crunch in the bite.


Veronica Gantley June 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I adore your pictures. I also love the recipe. Great for lent. I bookmarked it.


sarah June 15, 2011 at 4:41 am

I love past a lot too and this recipe looks perfect!


Tina@flourtrader June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Lovely flavors and great summertime dish. It has been awhile since I have had any tuna-but this has inspired me to get some. Thanks for sharing.


Tiffany June 18, 2011 at 1:01 am

This totally looks hearty and refreshing! And I love the colored pasta! :D


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