This Pasta Salad with Tuna is the one I grew up with, and it remains my favorite — it sounds simple, but the combination of flavors is addictive, and once you start eating this, you won’t be able to stop!

Pasta Salad with Tuna

I was so excited to do something with Monday’s 30 second mayo, and this was the very first thing that popped into my mind.  I love this stuff, it’s my summer comfort food.  I make it in the morning and it just gets better as it sits all day in the fridge.  At the end of a hot day it’s waiting there for me like a cool breeze.

Sometimes I share unusual or exotic recipes here on TVFGI, but other times I like to celebrate the food we actually love to eat on a daily basis.  This family recipe isn’t fancy, in fact it’s downright humble, but it’s so satisfying.  This is one of our favorite summer stand bys.  I look forward to it every year, right up there with fresh corn and ripe tomatoes.  Give me a cold glass of white wine and a plate of pasta salad with tuna and I’m in heaven.

The tuna and egg make this hearty enough for dinner, which is the key to the success of this salad for me.  The homemade mayo makes it a little bit gourmet.  The fresh herbs, red onion and scallions give it lots of flavor, the peppers give it crunch and the ripe tomato a burst of summery juice.  For a humble pasta salad it really has a lot going on.

A classic Pasta Salad with Tuna!

Pasta Salad with Tuna

Yield: serves 4-5

Pasta Salad with Tuna


  • 2 cups pasta curls or elbows (measure out raw) cooked in salted water until just barely al dente
  • 1 small can of your favorite tuna
  • 1/2 medium red onion, minced
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large bell pepper or several colorful minis, cut in small dice
  • 1 tomato, cut in small dice
  • Several large spoonfuls of mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, or you can use 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • fresh thyme leaves
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • a squeeze of lemon
  • 2 or 3 hard boiled eggs, cut in wedges


  1. Mix the first 6 ingredients together with the mayo. Measure in enough mayo to make the salad moist but not overwhelmed. Add the herbs, celery seed, salt and pepper to taste. Add the dash of lemon juice and then refrigerate the salad for at least a few hours.
  2. When ready to serve, give the salad another toss, taste to see if you need more seasoning, or more mayo, (it will probably need something) and garnish with the sliced eggs

Pasta Salad with Tuna - this is the classic!

A great pasta salad is the birthright of every American family, what’s the secret to yours?
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18 Responses to Pasta Salad with Tuna

  1. Kitty says:

    We are having unusually hot weather here in the Pacific Northwest this summer. This pasta salad totally fills the bill for dinner. Made it this morning. Impatiently waiting for it to chill. The salad, a cob of fresh corn, and garlic naan will make a perfect dinner on a hot Sunday evening. Thanks!

    • Sue says:

      So funny you should say that, Kitty — this recipe originated with my mom, and I grew up eating it, always with corn on the cob! I still serve it that way even today, although I’ve never tried it with garlic naan, that sounds good :)

  2. What a perfect combination of flavours. There’s not many things better than a nice refreshing pasta salad on a hot summer’s day. And I bet it tastes even better the next day!

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  8. Cookwizme says:

    Hi! I love your salad! We are making a “Summer Salad” contest, if you like, partecipate, we’d love to have great bloggers like you in! =)

  9. Dina says:

    this is the perfect summer pasta salad.

  10. belleau kitchen says:

    this is salad perfection isn’t it… I always make a pasta salad in the summer, it’s such a satisfying meal. It also makes a very good packed lunch and picnic food… love the inclusion of the egg too. Lovely stuff x

  11. Chris Scheuer says:

    I could eat my weight in pasta salads like this, not so good for the girlish figure though :) Looks wonderful!

  12. I love salads like this. Very light and satisfying on a hot summers day.

  13. Eileen says:

    This salad looks like the best possible dinner for those days when it’s too hot to even think about eating a warm meal. Also a great reason to stach some hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for the week! OM NOM.

  14. so lovely: and you know, pasta salads are just the absolute best lunch sometimes in the summer. i’m bookmarking this because i feel like my family will want this during our florida vacation coming up here soon.

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