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I will definitely try this recipe again. If you do not actually toast the walnuts .. I threw them on to the surface of a hot cast iron frying pan and pushed them around until the oil started to emerge .. prep time is down to 10 minutes and that can be done while the pasta is cooking. I cut back on the pasta to just a handful, and treated the meal as a Solo Dinner.

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Bill Hilbrich December 27, 2002

Very nice combination of flavours. used one 375g box of whole wheat penne,2 chopped tomatoes and about 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan, 1/2 cup toasted walnuts and a dash of Frank's Red Hot sauce along with rest of ingredients stated. thanks Beth for a salad that I will most definetly make quite often.

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Nat Da Brat November 24, 2002

This was so delicious. I loved the very garlicky dressing and I added lots and lots of toasted pine nuts. This is a salad/meal, and some nice crusty bread and fruit salad rounded off a delicious, healthy meal. Thanks.

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evelyn/athens July 14, 2003

I made this salad on Sunday night but didn't try it until Monday at lunch. The salad was extremely easy to make and by lunchtime, the flavors had blended beautifully. I loved the fact that there was no one overwhelming flavor...every ingredient blended together to make a fantastic salad. I didn't add the walnuts simply because I forgot to toast them. I did however add a small amount of hot sauce and really enjoyed the little kick it gave the salad. I'll definitely be making this salad again very soon and I want to be sure to add the walnuts the next time. BethT, I'm so glad I took your dare to make this recipe! Oh by the way, I brought this to work with me today...everyone who tried it said they really enjoyed it. I've already had a request to make it again and bring it back to work!

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Dreamgoddess June 23, 2003

What a delightful change from a mayonnaise-based pasta salad. I followed someone else's suggestion to add sundried tomatoes, and that was a perfect addition. Delicious!

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Is it tasty? January 15, 2012

Wonderfully light and but flavourful at the same time....DH simply luuvvved it! While adjusting the seasoning, I found it a little bland so added half a tsp paprika and chopped jalapenos in addition to tabasco sauce and a dash of Frank's hot sauce. Also, I substituted chopped tomatoes with sun dried tomatoes(julienne). The toasted walnuts were amazing and I'd definitely add more the next time. Thanx so much for sharing this recipe!!

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Seeprats April 27, 2009

We cooked this up last night and are enjoying it even more today. I doubled the recipe b/c my husband loves his leftovers. This turned out to be so light and easy!! I added cooked peas to the recipe and mixed them in last. This is a definite keeper! Thanks for the post.

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Mousie Ann March 02, 2008

Excellent and easy! I made it with my favorite whole-wheat "elbows" and it really livened them up. I did cut down on the amount of olive oil a bit (I only had water-pack tuna) and it still works. It has all the flavors of pesto, a great summer dish! And leftovers to take to work, oh boy!

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Kris H. August 16, 2005

I like using the tuna in oil simply because there is more tuna taste...love the garlic great salad!!

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oldster August 15, 2005

I just had to try this recipe b/c it uses tuna packed in olive oil... my favorite. The results are terrific and both my DD and DGD enjoyed this for lunch today! Definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe!

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Impera_Magna August 15, 2005
Easy Tuna Pasta Salad