Recipe by Mercy
My husband and I love the unique flavor of the tuna pasta salad at our local Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. The natural sweetness from the tarragon blends beautifully with the mild tuna. I developed this recipe at home and it comes really close to real thing...maybe even surpassing it. The restaurant chain uses a mixed pasta consisting of broken spinach fettucini, broken regular fettucini and sea shells, but I don't usually keep all those pastas on-hand. I also took the liberty of adding peas (I just love peas and tuna together).
Top Review by Mary-Jeanine
My first review for this website...I really like this recipe. It is exactly what I love about the Sweet Tomatoes dish. I happen to have tarragon growing in my herb garden, so I chopped up probably 3 TBSP fresh tarragon for this salad today. I served it to my quilting group of 15 and they all swooned and wanted the recipe. I used Bumble Bee white tuna so it wasn't a strong fishy taste. Thanks for a great recipe.
- 1 cup mayonnaise or 1 cup salad dressing
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
- 1 tablespoon dijon-style mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar (1 to 2 teaspoons, to taste)
- 2 (12 ounce) cans tuna in water, drained (or albacore)
- 2 cups frozen green peas, no need to thaw
- 1 lb shell pasta, cooked to al dente, drained and cooled
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper (to taste)
Directions See How It's Made
- Whisk together the first six (dressing) ingredients.
- Fold in the tuna and peas.
- Toss in the pasta.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Chill at least two hours before serving.
- The pasta will absorb the dressing, the flavors will blend and the dried tarragon flavor will really blossom.