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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
7 In food/ Recipes

The best crispy smashed potato salad

Crispy smashed potato salad - smashed yukon gold potatoes are roasted until they are crispy and mixed in a potato salad with cucumber, onion and a creamy dill sour cream dressing.

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Elevate the traditional potato salad with this crispy smashed potato salad.

If you were to ask my husband what his favorite salad is, he would say a potato salad. And a good potato salad is a staple at every summer bbq or picnic.  This crispy smashed potato salad is the absolute best version of a potato salad. Roasting the potatoes brings out a richer flavor and then they are baked until crisp to perfection to add a satisfying salty crunch.  Serve with some grilled steak (like my steak charcuterie board) or chicken.

The best crispy smashed potato salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup dill, chopped
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2.) Start by boiling the potatoes in water until soft.

3.) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the potatoes on the baking sheet. Using a spoon or a shot glass, press down on each potato, smashing them.

4.) Drizzle with olive oil and salt and bake in the oven until crispy and golden, about 50 minutes-1 hour.

5.) In a large bowl, add the roasted potatoes (reserve some to the side to garnish) and the chopped cucumbers.

6.) In a smaller bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, dill, salt and pepper.

7.) When ready to serve, pour the dressing onto the potatoes and cucumbers, mix well until coated.

Making crispy smashed potato salad with a sour cream and dill dressing

8.) Garnish the top with the extra roasted potatoes.

Crispy smashed potato salad - smashed yukon gold potatoes are roasted until they are crispy and mixed in a potato salad with cucumber, onion and a creamy dill sour cream dressing.

Enjoy!!!!

 

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Crispy smashed potato salad - smashed yukon gold potatoes are roasted until they are crispy and mixed in a potato salad with cucumber, onion and a creamy dill sour cream dressing.

The best crispy smashed potato salad

This is the best crispy smashed potato salad and my elevated take on the traditional. Potatoes are roasted until crispy and golden brown then mixed with cucumbers and a tangy sour cream and dill dressing. Serve with grilled steak or chicken.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bag Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 English cucumber diced
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup dill chopped
  • salt/pepper to tasted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Start by boiling the potatoes in water until soft.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the potatoes on the baking sheet. Using a spoon or a shot glass, press down on each potato, smashing them.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and salt and bake in the oven until crispy and golden, about 50 minutes-1 hour.
  • In a large bowl, add the roasted potatoes (reserve some to the side to garnish) and the chopped cucumbers.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayo, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, dill, salt and pepper.
  • When ready to serve, pour the dressing onto the potatoes and cucumbers, mix well until coated.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword bbq, picnic, potato, salad, summer dish

 

10 In food/ Recipes

Hot honey pasta salad

Hot honey pasta salad - pasta salad with arugula, peppers, fresh mozzarella, corn and pine nuts with a hot honey sauce

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This hot honey pasta salad is sweet, spicy, and about to become a favorite dish for summer.

You all know my love for hot honey! (Remember my apple and brie hot honey flatbreads? Yummm.) This hot honey pasta salad is everything about summer packed in a bowl – sweet, with a little heat, fresh and bursting with color.  Scroll down for my recipe and be sure to pin it!

hot honey pasta salad - pasta with arugula, peppers, mozzarella, pine nuts topped with a hot honey sauce

Hot Honey Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

For the pasta salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 cup of mini bell peppers, sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 container mozzarella balls, drained
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp hot honey
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes (to taste)

Directions:

1.) Cook the pasta until it’s al dente, then drain and allow to cool.

2.) While the pasta cools, prepare the dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

3.) In a large bowl, add the pasta, and the rest of the salad ingredients.

Making hot honey pasta salad - pasta with veggies, fresh mozzarella and topped with a hot honey sauce

4.) Top with hot honey dressing. Sprinkle with pine nuts and mix well.

Enjoy!!

 

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Hot honey pasta salad - pasta salad with arugula, peppers, fresh mozzarella, corn and pine nuts with a hot honey sauce

Hot honey pasta salad

This hot honey pasta salad is sweet and spicy just how summer should be. This will be your new favorite dish of summer.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 cup mini bell peppers sliced
  • 1-2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 container mozzarella balls water drained
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp hot honey
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • red pepper flakes to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta until it’s al dente, then drain and allow to cool.
  • While the pasta cools, prepare the dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large bowl, add the pasta, and the rest of the salad ingredients.
  • Top with hot honey dressing. Sprinkle with pine nuts and mix well.
Keyword easy meals, pasta, salad
17 In food/ Recipes

How to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad

How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad - watermelon chunks with sliced cucumbers, diced avocado, with lime juice, feta and mint leaves.

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This watermelon salad is Kate Middleton’s favorite and is so refreshing for the hot summer months.

Last summer I discovered what is apparently Kate Middleton’s favorite watermelon salad and omg I couldn’t stop eating it!  Watermelon is my absolute favorite fruit. In fact, when I was pregnant with both boys, I craved it and would go through a watermelon a day. So when I saw this watermelon salad with fresh cucumbers and feta I knew I had to try it.  I dream about it all year when I can make it for summer and you will too! Scroll down for how to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad.

Why you will love this watermelon salad

Not only are watermelon and cucumber both really refreshing and pack a satisfying crunch, but they are low calorie, super hydrating foods for the summer months. Paired with salty feta cheese, this salad is the perfect combo of sweet and savory! And then rounded out with some creamy avocado for some healthy fats.

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I tried Kate Middleton's watermelon salad - girl eating watermelon salad with cucumber, feta, and fresh mint.

 

How to make Kate Middleton’s Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

Directions:

1.) In a large bowl, add the cubed watermelon, sliced cucumbers, avocado, feta and chopped mint.

2.) Drizzle with the juice of a fresh lime, apple cider vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt then toss until evenly coated.

Enjoy!!!

Kate Middleton's watermelon salad - chunks of watermelon with cucumber, feta, mint leaves, and lime juice is a refreshing low calorie salad for summer

 

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How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon salad - watermelon, cucumber, feta and avocado

How to make Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad - watermelon chunks with sliced cucumbers, diced avocado, with lime juice, feta and mint leaves.

Kate Middleton's Watermelon Salad

This watermelon salad is apparently Kate Middleton's favorite. Cool and refreshing watermelon and cucumber make this a super hydrating salad for summer. Paired with salty feta and creamy avocado this watermelon salad is both sweet and savory and will become your newest favorite healthy dish.
5 from 3 votes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves chopped
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the cubed watermelon, sliced cucumbers, avocado, feta and chopped mint.
  • Drizzle with the juice of a fresh lime, apple cider vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt then toss until evenly coated. Enjoy!
Keyword healthy recipes, salad, summer dish