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white bowl filled with tuna pasta salad sitting on a white and blue tea towel.

Tuna Pasta Salad

Published by Kate
This easy cold pasta salad is the perfect all-in-one meal!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 261 kcal


  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz corkscrew pasta
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, halved
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • cup mayonnaise (light mayonnaise is fine)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ribs celery, finely diced
  • 3 radishes, halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped gherkin pickles
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 (6 oz) cans white tuna, packed in water, drained


  • Place eggs in a saucepan and cover by 1 inch with water. Place on a burner over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Remove the pan from the stove, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Run cold water over the eggs, then peel and chop.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Add the snap peas to the pasta for the last minute of cooking time. Drain the peas and pasta, and rinse with cold water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, most of the dill (reserve a little dill for garnish), vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the pasta, snap peas, celery, radishes, pickles, and onion.
  • Gently stir in the tuna, taking care not to break it up too much.
  • Transfer the pasta salad to a large serving bowl, and top with the chopped eggs and remaining dill. Serve immediately, or refrigerate the salad until ready to serve.


The pasta salad can be made ahead. Store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
You can substitute 1 cup of cooked and chopped chicken breast for the tuna, if you wish. Or, leave out the tuna for a meatless salad. 


Calories: 261kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 19gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 667mgPotassium: 266mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 331IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Keyword pasta salad
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