Simple Tuna Pasta Salad

"Some of the best recipes are the most simple. This is one of those. I prefer it just as written, but you may add any ingredients you choose such as chopped onion, scallions, chives, water chestnuts, chopped hard-boiled eggs, lemon-pepper, dill, parsley, etc. I often take this to potlucks when I need a quick and easy (and economical) dish. I've never had to take home left-overs. Tuna pasta salads can be found at many pot lucks. Albacore tuna is plentiful on the Pacific Coast, and this recipe represents the Western U.S."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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  • Combine the cooked and drained pasta with the drained tuna, chopped celery, peas, and mayonnaise, using only enough mayonnaise for the salad to be creamy.
  • (If it's made ahead, you may need more because the pasta will absorb the mayo.) Chill at least 1- 2 hours before serving.

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  1. Kree
    This was a yummy salad! It was creamy and delicious, and the peas added just the right flavor. I originally gave this recipe 4 stars, but I just had the leftovers for lunch and added some miracle whip instead of mayo, and it was even better! I guess the miracle whip added the extra zip I was looking for. I'm upping my rating! I'll definitely be making this again. Thanks, PanNan!
  2. Little Bee
    Wonderful. I made it and took it to work for lunch. I added diced cheddar cheese just because I love it! It was great! Thanks for the recipe!
  3. CookinKat
    This dish is so easy to make. I substituted Granny Smith apples for the green peas. The tartness of the apples really gives it a ZING!!
  4. Aunt Paula
    Really enjoyed this easy tuna pasta. I like the peas in it, and I used light mayo, very good. Would make a nice lunch time meal.
  5. Christopher S.
    it's nice to be able to go to the internet for the basics of any recipe. :-) and this was very basic. no celery so I used chopped onion, chopped black olives, grated carrot and chopped hard boiled egg in addition to the peas and tuna. omg mmm. and don't forget the spices! pepper, garlic salt, celery seed, paprika and Italian seasoning. delish.i'd say it's a keeper.


  1. Jonathan Melendez
    I used short salad macaroni noodles for this and it was great!
  2. Chevy dog
    i used whole wheat egg noodles because thats all i had when my kids surprised me with a dinner request, added a half a red onion, and used home canned lake michigan salmon instead of tuna.<br/>i went a little heavy on the peas and used two pint of salmon, and a little light on the pasta.<br/>mirical whip to get it just the right consistency. truthfully didnt measure anything. <br/>very very good. took me 20 minutes max.
  3. jellyko
    used onion salt instead of regular salt and replaced peas with boiled cut up egg..... very simple and good



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