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Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad

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This creamy tuna pasta salad is full of veggies and made with inexpensive ingredients to help your food budget. You can make it ahead of time and have it ready. Canned tuna is versatile, inexpensive, good for you, and delicious too! And anything I can make with canned tuna saves me time and money!

creamy tuna pasta salad on a fork

It makes a great easy dinner idea! It would make a great cold summer lunch for daycare. And can be tweaked to whatever way you like it. Kids love anything with pasta! It’s a great way to get them to try more things.

When the temperature rises, I look for meals that need less or no cooking. I want vegetables and herbs for flavor, color, and health benefits. This pasta salad is not thick and heavy like some recipes. It’s super light and still creamy.

It’s tasty, filling, and super easy, and you only have to cook the pasta. It’s a wonderful salad to make for picnics or BBQs too. It’s great leftover. Just keep it sealed up and cold. If you’re serving it outside, set it on some ice to keep the dairy fresh. You’re gonna love it!

It only takes a few minutes to cook the pasta so it won’t heat your kitchen up as much. I like the thick chew of the penne, but you can use any medium-sized pasta you like. The rotini would be super cute as well. And yummy.

If you have fresh dill, use fresh, you’ll need a lot more, maybe 3 large sprigs, but it will be oh so good! I love using fresh dill in the summertime!

Store in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.

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Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad

Creamy, fresh pasta salad with canned tuna and veggies
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time11 minutes
Total Time26 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tuna, tuna pasta salad
Servings: 4
Author: Christina


  • 1 package penne pasta
  • 1 can chunk tuna
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 cup celery
  • 2 small red onions
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder


  • Chop all the vegetables into small dices.
  • Boil the pasta until tender, drain the water.
  • Drain the tuna.
  • Add peas celery, and onion.
  • Mix.
  • Mix greek yogurt, juice from the lemon, mustard, dill, garlic, salt, and chili powder with the avocado and whiz up in the blender.
  • Mix into the pasta mixture.

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