Tuna Pasta Salad (Recipe Swap)

   When I heard we were going to do pasta for our recipe swap this week I couldn’t wait.  Pasta is quite possibly my favorite food of all time.  In fact, my first two years of college I ate pasta every night for dinner.  Sometimes I had it with red sauce, sometimes with white, and other times with butter, garlic, and cheese.  So when we were given our recipes, I wasn’t sure what to think about the tuna pasta salad.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like a good pasta salad but thinking about putting tuna in it wasn’t very appetizing.  I decided to just go for it, making about half of the recipe in case I didn’t like it.  Turns out, it was really good!  The tuna in oil has a very subtle flavor that mixes well with the pasta.  I love the combination of red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, onions, and feta.  Topped with a little lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil, this is a very light tasting pasta salad.  It isn’t bogged down by a heavy dressing and it is perfect as a summer side dish.

Tuna Pasta Salad (adapted from Simple Gourmet Cooking )
1/2 pounds rotelle or elbow pasta, cooked and cooled
2 cans albacore tuna packed in oil (I used packed in olive oil with garlic), undrained
1/4 c. chopped onion
2 T. capers, drained
1/4 c. sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
3 oz. feta, chopped
3 T. olive oil
1 T. red wine vinegar
Juice from half a lemon
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper

1.  Put the cooled pasta in a large bowl.  Add the tuna with its oil and mix well.
2.  Put in the onion, capers, tomatoes, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar.  Toss to coat.  Add in the feta, salt, and pepper and mix gently. 

3.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve cold.

Comments

  1. says

    This looks really refreshing! I’m always a little apprehensive about making a dish around canned tuna, but I can tell this is something I would love! Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to getting this in before summer ends and we move toward heavier foods. :) Visiting from Friday Potluck! I would love it if you stopped by my blog to say hi!

    Mandi at boredombustingmommy.blogspot.com

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