Tuna Pasta Salad

by Kelli H. on August 29, 2012

Last nights dinner was a repeat. I had made it once before back in 2009, but I made it totally different and while I kept the recipe, I didn’t make it again, that is until last night. I had picked it out on Sunday to give it another shot. What perfect timing, too since my dad was given tons and tons of fresh garden tomatoes.

Luckily it was more than he could ever eat, so I received a nice care package. When I was a kid my dad used to always claim that certain veggies tasted like candy. He’d have carrots from a pot roast and say, “these taste just like candy!”. I never once believed him, and I thought he was insane…Now that I’ve grown up (just a little), I have to agree with him. These little babies were just like candy! I was popping them in my mouth and savoring every bite. I swear, store-bought tomatoes should be outlawed. I mean, how can they call those tasteless hot house tomatoes, tomatoes?! They have no flavor.

I have to admit, the tomatoes made this dish. So, if you have any homegrown tomatoes in your garden or you’re the lucky recipient of some, try this meal! It’s a great summer dish and would also be great to bring to a pot luck. I can’t imagine how tasty it would be with homemade pesto, too!

Tuna Pasta Salad
Adapted from Rachael Ray Everyday

1 package (1 cup) store-bought pesto
1 lemon, juiced
2 (6 oz) cans water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
4 scallions, finely chopped
1 jarred whole roasted red pepper, chopped
1 large handful grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1/2 pound whole wheat medium shells, cooked, drained, and rinsed under cold water

1. In a large bowl; mix together the pesto and lemon juice. Add in the remaining ingredients and toss to evenly coat. Season with salt and pepper, if needed.

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Sonia the Mexigarian August 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Oooooh, what a lovely idea! I love tuna, and I love pasta and there is no serious chance of injury with this (unless I stab myself when cutting tomatoes off the vine). I must make this one!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers August 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

Mmmmm, get in mah bellay! Too bad I don’t have my own tomatoes. Then again, I’m not always so big on tomatoes. I wonder if sundried would work?

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Made in Sonoma August 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

It would def. change it, but I think it would be delicious.

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Annie August 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I LOVE pasta salads! This looks so good. I really like that you used can tuna, it makes the dish even more easy and accessible. And a lot less expensive. šŸ™‚ I am definitely going to try this, thanks!

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