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Tuna Shell Salad Recipe

Do you like tuna but need a new way to serve it? Foll Pat Kordas' lead. "I created this light salad as a way to use tuna in dishes other than sandwiches," the Nutley, New Jersey cook explains. "Mustard and dill enhance the flavor."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) small pasta shells
  • 1 can (6 ounces) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a salad bowl, combine the pasta, tuna, onion and carrot. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and chill until serving. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 234 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 445mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 lean meat, 1 starch.

Reviews for Tuna Shell Salad

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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 63946
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"I've been looking for a delicious, quick-to-make, tuna salad that my whole family would eat. This is it! The only thing I added was 3 Tbsp. of sweet pickle relish to the dressing. I used to add cubed cheese to tuna salads, but didn't this time, & my family was very happy. This is definitely a keeper!"

suekg User ID: 3417903 71635
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"The dill makes it special, Use plenty"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 137207
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"This is a really good salad. I served it with the Broccoli Cheese Crepes in the same issue."

MY REVIEW User ID: 846513 137205
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I have made it again and again."

deet1231 User ID: 4031063 149629
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

"I made this yesterday, and ate it for lunch today, and it was wonderful. I followed this exactly using Hellman's lower fat mayo and skim milk as directed, but I added one stalk of chopped celery and about 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley for color. Delicious."

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