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Italian Seasoned Tuna Pasta Salad

The perfect take on a tuna salad with pasta to fill you up, and veggies to help you get the nutrients you need.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 155 kcal


  • 1 16 Oz package large seashell pasta
  • 5 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup purple cabbage chopped
  • 1 cup mixed peppers chopped
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives chopped
  • ¼ cup red onions vertically sliced, thin
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning dried
  • cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ cups Italian dressing
  • 2 cans (5.1 oz) solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
  • Parsley chopped for garnish


  • Prepare the pasta by following the package instructions.  Strain then add to a large bowl.  
  • Drain the tuna, chop the ingredients then add to bowl of pasta.  Add the remaining ingredients of seasonings and dressings. 
  • Mix then garnish with chopped parsley. 
  • Enjoy right away or chill for 1-2 hours before enjoying. 



Top Tips

Chop all of the ingredients into similar-sized pieces to make them easier to combine and eat.
Drizzle some good-quality extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to coat this pepper pasta nicely and let its flavor shine.
If possible, use albacore tuna for this pasta salad recipe. It has a firmer texture and doesn't have a fishy flavor.
To make this recipe gluten-free, just use gluten-free pasta (rice or chickpea are both delicious) in place of the traditional wheat pasta.
Adding hard-boiled eggs to tuna macaroni salad is also a great idea. Chop two hard-boiled eggs and mix them in at the end.


Calories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 470mgPotassium: 178mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1437IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
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