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    Tuna Pasta Salad (For the Lunch Box)

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    22 mins

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    12 mins

    I'mPat's Note:

    This is a recipe out of New Idea Magazine and could be good for the kids or the working mum and dad. Preparation and cooking times are estimates (allowing 12 minutes to cook pasta). 3 and 4 bean mix are tinned beans and can be a mix of any 3 or 4 beans for example, kidney, harricot, berlotti and lima - use in Mexican dishes, soups, salads etc.

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    1. 1
      Drain four-bean mix, rinse and drain.
    2. 2
      Drain and flake tuna.
    3. 3
      Quarter cherry tomatoes.
    4. 4
      Finely chop gherkins.
    5. 5
      Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water as per manufacturer’s instructions until al dente. Drain well.
    6. 6
      Place pasta, beans, tuna, cherry tomatoes and gherkins in a large bowl.
    7. 7
      Whisk mayonnaise, white vinegar and fresh parsley in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
    8. 8
      Add mayonnaise mixture to pasta, tossed until combined.
    9. 9
      Serve pasta salad with fresh fruit (a complete and healthy lunch for adult or child).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 13, 2013


      This was a nice change of pace from other tuna pasta salads. I made this exactly as posted, except I used halved grape tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes. I did find that there was not quite enough dressing, so I had to make more to add to the salad. This makes a nice packable lunch that goes together quickly. Thanks for sharing! Made for Aussie/NZ Swap.

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    • on July 04, 2010


      This made for a lovely easy to make lunch. I used wholemeal pasta and had to leave out the gherkins as I couldn't open the damn jar!!!! I aim to make this again using the gherkins next time. Thanks for an easy healthy lunch made from pantry staples.

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    • on May 28, 2010


      This recipe rounded out a lunch-&-dinner salad trio that I made for the 2 of us & it worked out great! Followed your recipe right on down, even though I'm not usually big on the use of gherkins, & surprisingly enough it worked out just great! I particularly liked the use of the bean mix here & will definitely be making this salad again in the future! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed in Every Day Is a Holiday tag]

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    Nutritional Facts for Tuna Pasta Salad (For the Lunch Box)

    Serving Size: 1 (369 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 734.0
    Calories from Fat 135
    Total Fat 15.0 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 52.2 mg
    Sodium 702.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 104.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 7.8 g
    Protein 42.6 g

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    four-bean mix

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