Delicious Tuna Pasta Salad

I dream of pasta salad.

No really, I love it. I am always trying to get the right combo of creamy and savory in my homemade version. But pasta salad is a delicate balance. Too often it is either drenched in oil or drenched in mayonnaise or simply too dry. The key, it seems, to a good pasta salad is to get just the right amount of dressing without it getting soupy. This tuna pasta salad is one of the best I have made so far. It is really quick to throw together, and perfect for a potluck or picnic.

The Recipe

Delicious Tuna Pasta Salad

250g of spiral pasta, white or spelt

50g capers

150g sweet corn (canned is fine)

1 can of tuna (around 200g)

1/2 red onion, chopped very finely

4-5 tablespoons mayo

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

olive oil

salt pepper

1 tsp mustard

Dash of Worchester sauce

1 organic lemon for the zest (FYI it is important that it is organic since the non-organic variety often have a waxy substance covering the skin)


Cook the pasta in a big pot, drain and set aside. Once cooled, add the corn, capers and onions to the pasta.

Mix the vinegar, 4 Tbsp of the mayonnaise, mustard, worchester sauce, salt and pepper in a separate bowl.

Pour about 2/3 of the dressing over the pasta and toss.

Open and drain the can of tuna. Add it to the rest of the dressing. Mix and add more mayonnaise until you get the constancy of tuna salad.

Mix in to the salad. At this point you should taste the salad to make sure that there is enough salt and vinegar to your liking. Add any more if you see fit. The salad should be not overly creamy, but the sauce and the tuna should stick to the pasta.

Grate the lemon zest over the dish. This last touch is the secret ingredient and is sure to round out your pasta salad. Serve on a bed of lettuce or as is. Enjoy this lovely tuna pasta salad!

3 Responses to “Delicious Tuna Pasta Salad”
  1. Wish I lived closer! I’d be right over for lunch. Those are all my favourite flavours!

  2. Irene says:

    Looks delish! I am getting very hungry 🙂

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