Albacore Tuna and Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Yet another Trader Joe's copycat recipe for one of their excellent pre-packaged salads. Perfectly acceptable to use canned tuna, but for a real treat try some fresh albacore! Please note that all of my ingredient amounts are estimated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse under cold water to halt cooking. Drain.
  2. Broil or pan fry fresh tuna. Set aside. (If using canned tuna, drain and place the tuna in a serving bowl and proceed with recipe.).
  3. Combine dressing ingredients in non-reactive bowl and blend well.
  4. Break up the fresh tuna into bite size pieces and place in serving bowl with the pasta. Toss dressing gently with the pasta, tuna and remaining salad ingredients.
  5. Keep covered and chilled until ready to serve.
Most Helpful

I made this excellent tuna pasta salad for myself for lunch today and am looking forward to sharing the leftovers with DH for our lunch tomorrow. Like another reviewer indicated, I liked that this salad does not seem heavy. The lemon gives it a light, fresh flavor. I used a good white wine vinegar and I reduced the sugar by half; as like another reviewer, I do not like my dressings to be too sweet. With this modification, it was perfect for me. I used fresh dill and may add even a little more next time as I really enjoyed the dill flavor in this salad. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for posting!

Dr. Jenny August 10, 2012

I enjoyed this very much. It's not nearly as heavy as the usual mayo tuna pasta salads. I used the mini bowtie pasta, added extra capers and used a vidalia onion instead of red onion. I may seem watery at first, but as with most pasta salads, it absorbs the moisture. Thanx for posting!

*Parsley* July 13, 2009

This a very nice salad. I took the easy way and used canned tuna. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us.

mianbao July 04, 2011