How to make cold tuna pasta salad

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How to make cold tuna pasta salad
Serve homemade tuna pasta salad at a picnic. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Although tuna pasta salad is a cold dish, it's hearty enough to serve as a nutritious meal. The tuna packs a protein punch while pasta provides plenty of energy-boosting carbohydrates. Tuna pasta salad is an ideal picnic or outdoor party dish, but be sure to keep it cool to avoid the risk of food-borne illness. You can customise your homemade tuna pasta salad to include fresh, seasonal vegetables and savoury spices.

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Things you need

  • 0.454kg. of cooked seashell-shaped or farfalle pasta
  • Colander
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 170gr. can of olive oil-packed tuna, drained
  • 1 finely chopped red onion
  • 425gr. can of green peas, drained
  • 1 stalk of chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Small bowl
  • Wire whisk
  • Cling film (optional)

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  1. 1

    Boil 0.454kg. of seashell-shaped or farfalle pasta in salted water until it is al dente. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl.

  2. 2

    Drain one 170gr. can of olive oil-packed tuna and add it to the pasta.

  3. 3

    Place one finely chopped red onion, one 425gr. can of drained green peas and one stalk of chopped celery into the mixing bowl and blend all of the ingredients.

  4. 4

    Blend 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl using a wire whisk.

  5. 5

    Pour the mayonnaise dressing into the pasta salad and blend well. Serve the salad immediately or cover the bowl with cling film and store it in a refrigerator.

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