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.

Stacy Fraser
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2013


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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; protein 15.2g; carbohydrates 28.4g; dietary fiber 3.4g; sugars 2.7g; fat 12.2g; saturated fat 2.7g; cholesterol 16.7mg; vitamin a iu 511.7IU; vitamin c 8.8mg; folate 27.9mcg; calcium 131.5mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 56.2mg; potassium 334.7mg; sodium 329.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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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
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
Rating: 5 stars
Whoa this was excellent! Read More