I like to make lunches that are quick and easy to prep and don’t require a lot of hard-to-find ingredients. This tuna pasta salad fits that bill! In about 20 minutes you can make this simple salad.
Best of all, it can last you for a few days which means there’ll be ‘no-cook-lunch-days.’ Tuna salad recipes have always been a staple in my family for years, and we’ve experimented quite a bit. This sweet and savory tuna pasta is by far our favorite. And if you enjoy this tuna salad check out the gluten-free Tuna Salad Sandwich.
Ingredients for the Best Tuna Pasta Salad
- Can of White Tuna (I use Trader Joe’s Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, but Bumble Bee’s Solid White Albacore is great, too)
- gluten-free pasta (I like Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta but Explore Cuisine also make a great Organic Brown Rice Fusilli)
- hard boiled egg
- red onion
- sweet relish
- dijon mustard
- mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)
- fresh dill
How To Make Tuna Pasta Salad
If you’ve been curious how to make gluten-free tuna pasta salad, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s a very simple recipe!
Begin by cooking the gluten-free pasta according to the instructions. I recommend cooking the gluten-free pasta al dente.
Typically pasta instructions will give you a range, so for instance 7-10 minutes. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta which is a delicious gluten-free pasta. But for Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta, I’ve found that 8 minutes of boiling time is perfect for cold pasta salads like this tuna pasta salad. Every brand of gluten-free pasta is a little bit different, and you might have to experiment a bit to find one you love.
Tip: Add about half a tablespoon of olive oil to the boiling water. This will make sure your gluten-free pasta won’t get sticky!
While the gluten-free pasta is cooking, cut the onion, apple, hard boiled egg, and dill. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add the canned tuna, sweet relish, mayonnaise (you can use Greek yogurt instead), and mustard. It’s really easy! Just make sure you don’t overwork the mixture.
Chill the cooked pasta and spoon it into the tuna salad mixture – season with salt and pepper. You probably won’t need to season a lot, because a lot of flavors come from the sweet relish, mustard, and mayonnaise.
Now it’s time to plate and enjoy your gluten-free tuna pasta salad.
How long does tuna pasta salad with mayo last in the fridge?
Tuna Pasta Salad lasts about 3-5 days in the fridge.
I like to use up gluten-free pasta salad within three days – but that’s a personal preference! For gluten-free tuna pasta salad, the sweet spot is 1-2 days. After one day of being in the fridge, all the flavors have had a chance to penetrate the gluten-free pasta, and you’ll get the biggest burst of flavors.
How to store Tuna Pasta Salad?
When I store any kind of gluten-free pasta in the fridge, I’ve found that airtight containers like these from Target or these from Amazon work best. If you’re using plastic containers, make sure to look for the BPA free signage.
However, recently I’ve started to replace some of my older plastic containers with glass containers and have found that I really prefer glass for food storage.
More Gluten-Free Lunch Recipes
If you’re enjoying the gluten-free Tuna Pasta Salad, chances are just going to love these easy gluten-free lunch recipes.
- Kale and Quinoa Salad Bowl
- Kale and Blueberry Salad
- Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
- Kale Banana Smoothie (an easy lunch option that tastes like dessert!)
What to serve with Tuna Pasta Salad?
Because this cold tuna pasta salad recipe is high in protein, you’ll find it quite filling. For a quick lunch, you can jazz up the tuna pasta salad with some of these ideas…
- Baby carrots, broccoli, celery
- gluten-free Pretzels
- bread (check this out gluten-free crusty bread recipe!)
- a side of fruit
- Cook the gluten-free pasta according to the package instruction. Add one tablespoon of oil to the boiling water.
- Meanwhile chop the apple, red onion, hard-boiled egg, and fresh dill.
- Add the chopped apple, red onion, and chopped egg in a large mixing bowl and add tuna mayonnaise, sweet relish, and mustard. Combine well and set aside.
- Once cooked, rinse the pasta and with cold water until the pasta has cooled down.
- Add the chilled pasta to the tuna salad mix and sprinkle with fresh dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy.