This delicious pasta salad recipe is made with zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and chunk light tuna, which is lower in mercury than white albacore tuna. For the best flavor, combine the pasta salad with the dressing about 1 hour before serving. If you're looking for an environmentally sustainable canned tuna option, check the label--tuna that was caught by troll or pole-and-line is considered the best choice, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Program. Or look for the blue Certified Sustainable Seafood label from the Marine Stewardship Council. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013

Stacy Fraser


Pasta Salad


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Combine oil, broth, vinegar, basil, shallots, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well combined. (Or whisk in a bowl.)

  • To prepare pasta salad: Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Add arugula, zucchini, tuna, cheese, tomatoes, pepper and the dressing; toss to coat.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate, without dressing, for up to 1 day. Toss with the dressing about 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; 12.2 g total fat; 2.7 g saturated fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 330 mg sodium. 335 mg potassium; 28.4 g carbohydrates; 3.4 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 15.2 g protein; 512 IU vitamin a iu; 9 mg vitamin c; 28 mcg folate; 132 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 56 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 5 stars
I'm not a big tuna fan but really enjoyed this. The dressing is excellent and it was very filling. I might try it with chickpeas rather than tuna next time to mix things up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
Another easy & delicious recipe. I used whole grain rotini pasta. I added dressing only to what I was using for dinner approximately 2 hours before. I saved the rest of the dressing on the counter & refrigerated the pasta mix to combine for another meal later. Even though I flake & seperated the tuna it still managed to clump a little. As a main dish I got 4 servings (not 6). Read More