Yesterday, I made a quick impromptu lunch, combining random ingredients I had in a mixing bowl. What emerged, was this incredible tuna noodle pasta salad. Unlike a tuna noodle casserole, this dish is served chilled. It was light, healthy and delicious. So much so, that I had to give it a permanent home here on the blog. 

Tuna Noodle Pasta Salad – Healthyish Foods

What’s great about this tuna noodle pasta salad recipe is that its quick to make, and easy to customize. You can add any veggies you desire. Personally, I used a more traditional veggie blend, but it would be good a variety of ways. Peppers, carrots or even corn would be a fun way to switch things up. Serve it with a few dashes of hot sauce and this is one lunch recipe that’s guaranteed to be on repeat. 

Tuna Noodle Pasta Salad – Healthyish Foods

If you’re looking for more quick and healthy lunch recipes, try my Mediterranean salmon salad or my baked salmon salad with spicy creamy sauce. All of these recipes will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Tuna Noodle Pasta Salad – Healthyish Foods
Tuna Noodle Pasta Salad – Healthyish Foods

Tuna Noodle Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces casarecce pasta , cooked al dente according to the package
  • 1 can EVOO tuna , Starkist brand
  • 2 eggs , hard boiled
  • 1/3 cup diced onion , white or yellow will work
  • 1/3 cup sliced celery
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice , fresh squeezed
  • 2 tablespoon jalapeno, minced
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • Pinch garlic powder, to taste
  • Pinch salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • pasta pot

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder and cracked black pepper. Whisk until well combined.
  • Next, you’ll add the cooked casarecce pasta, 1 can of EVOO tuna with the oil, diced onion, and sliced celery. Toss until well combined.
  • Top everything with minced jalapeno, a few slices of fresh avocado, and sliced hard boiled eggs.
  • Optional toppings include, hot sauce and a few sprinkles of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!