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Tuna Pasta Salad (Greek Style)

This Tuna Pasta Salad is doused in a creamy dressing and stuffed Greek style fillings. This truly is the best tuna pasta salad recipe in the world!!
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Western
Servings: 6
Calories: 442kcal
Cost: £3 / $4

Equipment

  • Large Pot & Colander (for pasta)
  • Large Mixing Bowl (for pasta salad)
  • Small Mixing Bowl (for dressing)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Spatula
  • Salad Tossers (optional)

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 10.5oz / 300g Short Cut Pasta (here I use Fusilli)
  • 2x 6.5oz/185g cans of Tuna, drained
  • 3.5oz / 100g Baby Plum Tomatoes, halved
  • 3.5oz / 100g Cucumber, sliced & quartered
  • 3oz / 75g Kalamata Olives, halved
  • 2oz / 60g Greek Feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 small Red Onion, finely diced

Creamy Dressing

  • 1/2 cup / 120g Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup / 120g Mayo (full fat)
  • 1.5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon, juice only (or to taste)
  • 1 heaped tbsp finely diced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Fresh Dill
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder (or 1/2 small cloves, minced/grated)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt & Black Pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  • Add your pasta to a large pot of salted water and cook until al dente. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until completely cold. Leave rested to drain out water.
  • Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl add 1/2cup/120g mayo & yogurt, 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, juice of a lemon (or to taste), 1 heaped tbsp finely diced parsley, 1 tbsp finely diced dill, 1/2 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp garlic powder, salt & pepper (or to taste). Give it a good mix, taste for seasoning then place to one side.
  • In a larger bowl add your pasta, tomatoes, cucumber, feta, olives and onion. Pour in your dressing and stir with a spatula or toss with salad tossers until the pasta is completely coated and the fillings are evenly distributed.
  • Pop over cling film and rest in the fridge until needed or tuck in straight away!

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Notes

a) Fillings - Whilst I do suggest the pasta salad filling measurements are optimal, feel free to adjust the measurements to preference (i.e more of olives etc). 
b) Cold Pasta -  Important to ensure your pasta is completely cold before mixing through the dressing. If it's at all warm the dressing will start to congeal slightly and won't keep it's creamy texture, especially if making ahead of time.
c) Make Ahead - Pasta salads are perfect to make ahead of time! You could either make the dressing ahead of time, or make the whole thing. I usually keep the pasta salad tightly covered in the fridge for 3-4days, but keep longer at your discretion.
d) Calories - Based on sharing between 6 people:

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.24g | Protein: 15.55g | Fat: 23.54g | Saturated Fat: 5.067g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.028g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.416g | Trans Fat: 0.053g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 552mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Sugar: 3.06g | Vitamin A: 451IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 1.58mg