Tuna Salad

Chopped Tuna Salad is the perfect summer side dish. Filled with fresh crisp veggies the color of the rainbow, protein packed tuna, and tossed in a light and refreshing lemon vinaigrette.

Tuna Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

If your goal this summer is to stay fit and healthy then this is the tuna salad for you! This salad has ZERO mayonnaise unlike your typical tuna salad that’s packed with it. Instead, this Tuna Pasta Salad is tossed in a super simple fresh lemon vinaigrette made with extra virgin olive oil. I love the refreshing taste and how light it sits. It’s the perfect pair to the tuna and all the veggies.

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I’m a girl who loves her carbs so I added just a cup of pasta but if you’re wanting to go low carb you can definitely just omit it. Honestly, I like it with the pasta because it makes it more filling for eating as a meal.

Lemon Vinaigrette

Lemon Vinaigrette

The first step to any salad is to start with the dressing. That way when all the other parts of the salad are ready you can immediately toss on the dressing.

For the Lemon Vinaigrette you can either toss everything in a food processor or if you mince the shallot fine enough, you can just shake it all up in a jar. Here are the ingredients needed for it:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon shallot minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar (or honey)
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

It takes just minutes to make and adds so much flavor to this salad!

How to Make Tuna Salad

How to make Tuna Salad:

Since this salad has pasta in it you’ll want to get it started before chopping up all your veggies. After boiling and draining the pasta you’ll need to soak it in a bowl of ice water so that the noodles can cool down so they don’t wilt the lettuce.

While the pasta cooks, chop up the veggies. I like to chop my lettuce pretty small because there’s nothing more awkward than trying to cram a giant floppy piece of lettuce into your mouth without getting dressing smeared on the side of your face.

Once everything is chopped you can toss everything together and enjoy! Easy, right?

Tuna Salad Recipe

Pasta and salad recipes are my thing during the summer, so I have a feeling we will be making this often in the next few months. 😉

For more pasta salad recipes, check out:

Tuna Salad Recipe

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Chopped Tuna Salad is the perfect summer side dish. Filled with fresh crisp veggies the color of the rainbow, protein packed tuna, and tossed in a light and refreshing lemon vinaigrette.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 201 kcal
Author Melanie Dueck

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 2 heads Romaine heart chopped
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 7 ounces white albacore tuna flaked with fork
  • 1 cucumber quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1 cup dry pasta

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon shallot minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

Instructions

For the Salad:

  1. Cook pasta according to direction on package. Drain and place in a bowl of ice cold water. Drain again.

  2. Place all vegetables in a bowl along with the cooled and drained pasta. Drizzle with dressing and toss.

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  1. Place vinaigrette ingredients in a food processor or small blender and pulse until smooth.

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Melanie Dueck

Melanie is the cook and photographer behind the blog Garnish & Glaze. When she’s not playing princesses with her two little girls, she’s experimenting in the kitchen. She takes simple ingredients and creates everything from healthy dinners to indulgent desserts.

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  1. a very nice salad when I allow myself a little pasta!, I’ve usually defaulted to chicken for a similar salad so for me, tuna is a nice tweak, thank you

  2. I love this salad! The lemon vinaigrette is perfect & not to lemony & it goes great with all the ingredients. I could eat salad year long, so I am excited to have found a new favorite!