Tasty Tuna Rotini Pasta Salad

August 26, 2020Jessica Ashcroft

Tuna Rotini Pasta Salad combines rotini pasta, fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and canned tuna. The tangy dressing makes it the perfect summer dinner or side dish.

Rotini pasta salad with Italian dressing on a serving spoon.

Pasta salad just says summer to me.

My mom would make this pasta salad growing up, but she always served it in a hollowed-out tomato which made it unappealing to me.

I had the recipe tucked away and didn’t start making it for my family until a few years ago when I decided to nix the hollowed-out tomato and sub the tuna for canned chicken (you’ll come to find I’m not a huge fan of fish!).

I liked the taste so much more and now it’s become a summer staple for our family because it’s so easy to make and comes together quickly.

Ingredients

Rotini pasta in a mixing bowl.

16 oz. rotini noodles

2 cans tuna, drained

2 cups sliced cucumbers

1 large tomato, chopped

¼ cup chopped green pepper

¼ cup sliced green onions

1 cup bottled Italian salad dressing – I like the Kraft Zesty Ranch

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 Tbls. mustard

1 tsp. Dill weed

1 tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper

How to make Tuna Rotini Pasta Salad

Rotini pasta salad recipe in a mixing bowl.

COOK: Prepare rotini according to package directions. Drain and put in a large mixing bowl.

COMBINE: Add tuna and vegetables to the pasts. 

MIX: In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.

TOSS: Add to salad mixture; toss to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Recipes Tips and Substitutions

Like I mentioned earlier I always sub the tuna for canned chunk chicken. I use the 12 oz. cans from Costco.

I also remove the green pepper, green onion, and dill when I make this so it’s more kid-friendly. In fact, I haven’t had this recipe made with those ingredients in so long, I don’t even remember what it tastes like to use them!

I often use olive oil or low-fat mayo instead of the full-fat version and it tastes just as good.

I add the cup of Italian dressing and the rest of the dressing ingredients to a glass measuring cup and just mix the dressing right in the cup so it’s easier to pour on the salad.

This rotini pasta salad is best served chilled, but if you don’t have time, you can make the pasta ahead of time, put it in the fridge to chill, and then add the rest of the ingredients right before you’re ready to serve.

The pasta salad makes amazing leftovers! I love to eat it for lunch the next day after the flavors have had a chance to develop overnight in the fridge.

Rotini pasta salad in a mixing bowl.

Perfect Pairings

I love to serve this tuna rotini pasta salad as the main dish with chips, corn on the cob, and fruit.

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Rotini pasta salad with Italian dressing on a serving spoon.

Tasty Tuna Rotini Pasta Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Tuna Rotini Pasta Salad combines rotini pasta, fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and canned tuna. The tangy dressing makes it the perfect summer dinner or side dish.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. rotini noodles
  • 2 cans tuna, drained
  • 2 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped green pepper
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup bottled Italian salad dressing
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbls. mustard
  • 1 tsp. Dill weed
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper

Instructions

    1. Prepare rotini according to package directions. Drain and put in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Add tuna and vegetables to the pasts. 
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.
    4. Add to pasta salad mixture; toss to coat. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Notes

If you don't want to prepare the pasta salad all at once, you can make the pasta ahead of time, put it in the fridge to chill, and then add the rest of the ingredients right before you're ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 647mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g
Try this easy rotini pasta salad recipe made with tuna and Italian salad dressing.

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