Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe
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Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

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Mustard and dill really add wonderful flair to the flavor of this simple salad. It's really very inexpensive to serve.—Pat Kordas, Nutley, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) small pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 551 calories, 35g fat (5g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 709mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the pasta, tuna, carrot and onion. Combine remaining ingredients; whisk until smooth. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tuna Pasta Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p19

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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MY REVIEW User ID: 6993142 264673
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2017

"I have made this numerous times and the whole family likes it. I always add twice as much tuna as a recipe calls for in order to get enough protein for each family member and this recipe was no exception. And since my husband--raised in the South--likes things to be spicy, I frequently add in about a teaspoon or two of Tiger Sauce to "up the ante" just for him. Naturally, you don't have to do this--it's perfectly fine without the Tiger Sauce--just sayin'."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 249485
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016

"This is the only pasta salad with mustard that my picky husband will eat! Our six kids loved it when they were growing up. I added 1 cup of shredded or cubed cheese (used various flavors--cheddar, Colby, pepper jack) depending on what I had on hand. Never any leftovers! Be sure to chill it before serving."

shapeweaver User ID: 3033170 249446
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2016

"I made this recipe just as it was written, and it was just o.k.. I think it might've been better with a bit more salt,pepper, and maybe a little garlic powder. i also have to agree with PeppiK, it's more of a pasta salad with tuna added instead of the other way around."

PeppiK User ID: 5542134 235100
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"It is a nice pasta salad but not a tuna with pasta salad. More like a pasta salad with tuna added. I did add 2 cans of tuna and cut back on the milk as it was just too much for our taste. I bet this would be good with salmon too."

millstone User ID: 3337307 229686
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"I have made this salad many times. It is a refreshing change from ordinary pasta salads, in that it has tuna for added protein and Omega 3's. It is easy to assemble and I have never had a complaint when I have served it. If there are any leftovers, makes a great summer lunch."

Donnajaylenn User ID: 7786707 227622
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2015

"I have been making this for years. It is a family favorite."

dyes User ID: 4961297 227124
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"This is one of our favorites. Great for a potluck. Good the way it is, but I've also added diced boiled eggs and/or sliced olives. Easy to adapt to depending on who you're serving. I've only ever used light mayo and it tastes fine and reduces the fat. You won't be sorry you tried it."

mrenda User ID: 5393618 16226
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"My husband and sister really loved this recipe. I didn't have carrots so I used celery and red pepper. It was wonderful."

MikiG User ID: 7191381 10515
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"Love this salad. Easy to make and tasty. Especially good after sitting overnight."

osheri User ID: 2583853 16225
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Luv this salad.

I will try this dressing with other ingredients to.
Thanks for recipe!!"

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