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Lemony Tuna Pasta Salad

Lemony tuna pasta salad - bowl with pasta, arugula, tuna, and a lemon vinaigrette

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This lemony tuna pasta salad is light, fresh and easy to make ahead of time for a light meal or to bring to your summer BBQs.

When you don’t feel like cooking and are looking for a light refreshing meal, this lemony tuna pasta salad checks all the boxes. It’s got fresh greens, protein, satisfying pasta and topped with a vibrant and flavorful lemon vinaigrette.  If you’re trying to watch your carbs, you can easily add more greens to bulk up this salad more. Scroll down for my recipe.

This lemony tuna pasta salad is a light and refreshing meal

Lemony Tuna Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 box pasta (cooked al dente)
  • 2 handfuls of arugula
  • 2 cans of tuna fish, water drained
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt/pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (measure with your heart)

Directions:

1.) Cook a 1 box of pasta until al dente ahead of time, and then store in the fridge until ready to prepare.

2.) In a large bowl, add the pasta, arugula and tuna.

3.) In a separate bowl or mason jar, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, garlic, and seasonings. Mix well.

Making lemony tuna pasta salad - bowl with pasta, arugula and tuna topped with a lemon vinaigrette

4.) Pour the dressing on top of the salad.

Making lemony tuna pasta salad with a lemon vinaigrette. Bowl of pasta, arugula, tuna, topped with a lemon, garlic and peppery vinegar dressing.

5.) Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

 

Enjoy!!!

Lemony tuna pasta salad - bowl with pasta, arugula, tuna, and a lemon vinaigrette

 

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Lemony tuna pasta salad - bowl with pasta, arugula, tuna, and a lemon vinaigrette

Lemony tuna pasta salad

This lemony tuna pasta salad is a light and refreshing meal when you don't feel like cooking or just looking for something cool and satisfying. Plus it's easy to make ahead of time too for your summer BBQs or cookouts.
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta cooked al dente
  • 2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 2 cans tuna fish water drained
  • 1 whole lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese measure with your heart

Instructions
 

  • Cook a 1 box of pasta until al dente ahead of time, and then store in the fridge until ready to prepare.
  • In a large bowl, add the pasta, arugula and tuna.
  • In a separate bowl or mason jar, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, garlic, and seasonings. Mix well.
  • Pour the dressing on top of the salad.
  • Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Keyword pasta, salad

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanne Viola
    June 27, 2024 at 6:13 am

    This looks like a wonderful summer lunch for me 🙂

  • Reply
    Donna B Reidland
    June 27, 2024 at 10:49 am

    This looks so delicious! I’m ready to go make some right now. 🙂

  • Reply
    Anne Sweet
    June 29, 2024 at 7:27 am

    What a really nice looking recipe, I love tuna and I think it goes lovely with lemon and pasta

  • Reply
    Jennifer at Shoreline Journeys
    June 30, 2024 at 9:21 am

    Stopping in from Home Matters Linky party to say how absolutely delicious this recipe looks. I am always looking for some good recipes to make for work meals, and this is definitely one. Have a great week!

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