Looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner recipe that includes ingredients you most likely have on hand? This Tuna Pasta Salad is it! 


When it’s warm outside and we’re approaching (or in the thick of) summertime, I start craving pasta salad. It’s just one of those summer dishes that was always around in my childhood so I want to make it all the time for pool parties or for the kids to take with them to camp during the summer. Plus I get to have it too and that’s a win-win in my book. This Tuna Pasta Salad doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to pasta salad, but it’s so tasty you’ve just got to make this recipe. 


I love this Tuna Pasta Salad because it’s rare that I’m ever out of any of the ingredients AND the kids love it. Plus, if you happen to be missing an ingredient, the dish will still hold up (unless of course the one ingredient you’re out of is tuna!). Put any fresh, crunchy veggies you like in this one and make it your own! There’s no right or wrong way.


This dish is pretty close to foolproof whether you want to put together a quick lunch or easy dinner. Everything is right within your reach. Pasta salad in general is a great dish to make and have on hand for the week too. I’ve been making this Tuna Pasta Salad all the time lately as well as Summer Pasta Salad and Summer Succotash Pasta Salad depending on what ingredients I have at the time.


The “hardest” part of this recipe is boiling the pasta… which says a lot about the difficulty scale of this one. After that it’s just assembling all the ingredients which truly takes minutes. I promise once you make this Tuna Pasta Salad once you’ll start making it all the time.


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Tuna Pasta Salad

Looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner recipe that includes ingredients you most likely have on hand? This Tuna Pasta Salad is it! 
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Servings: 4
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon or yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 8 ounce cans freshwater tuna
  • 4 cups pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 cup carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup dill pickles, diced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced


  • Place the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, pour the sauce on top and stir combine.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. 


Sodium: 1160mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 8g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Calories: 330kcal | Fat: 2g | Protein: 37g | Carbohydrates: 42g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. can i use green spagetti? i still have some of those left and i dont wanna buy a new packet of pasta:(

  2. […] dinner that doesn’t take many ingredients to make and even better, is fast and easy. This tuna pasta salad, from our friend Catherine McCord at Weelicious, is all of the above and more! It’s a tasty […]

  3. My mom used to make us a tuna “casserole” growing up. This reminds me of her recipe but with so many better ingredients. I made it the other night and it was absolutely delicious!! I subbed peas for the cucumber (didn’t have one in the fridge) and it turned out great!

  4. I made this for my 3 year old for her school lunch and its absolutely delish! I did have to make some changes though. I used barrila veggie pasta instead of regular pasta so I omitted the carrots and cucumber since hubby doesn’t like cucumber. and added a bit more mustard than usual. Added pickle juice and more pickles 🙂 and it was still terrific. Great for hot days! I also must add that Hubby put White Sauce (Japanese Steakhouse style) on his and loved it even more lol.

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