You’re going love this gluten free tuna pasta salad recipe. You’ll just need a few simple ingredients like tuna, egg, apple, and mayonnaise you can make an easy, tasty, high protein pasta salad.
My family thinks this is the best tuna salad recipe, and I bet yours will, too! I like to make lunches that are quick and easy to prep and don’t require a lot of hard-to-find ingredients.
This tuna pasta salad fits that bill! In about 20 minutes you can make this simple cold salad.
Why We Love Tuna Pasta Salad
Tuna salad recipes have always been a staple in my family for years, and we’ve experimented quite a bit. This sweet and savory tuna pasta is by far our favorite. And if you enjoy this salad check out the gluten-free Tuna Salad Sandwich.
Best of all, it can last you for a few days. This means there’ll be ‘no-cook-lunch-days.’
And you’ll find that eating an easy salad with tuna is perfect for lunch. And it’s going to keep you satiated you for hours.
Ingredients for the Tuna Pasta Salad
- Can of White Tuna. I use Trader Joe’s Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water. But Bumble Bee’s Solid White Albacore is great, too)
- Fusilli Pasta. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta. You can also try Explore Cuisine. They also make a great Organic Brown Rice Fusilli.
- hard-boiled Egg
- Red Onion
- Sweet Pickle Relish
- Dijon Mustard
- Mayonnaise. Greek yogurt works great, too.
- Fresh Dill
How To Make Tuna Pasta Salad
If you like simple recipes. This cold salad is for you. Gluten-free tuna pasta salad is a very simple recipe!
Begin by cooking the pasta according to package instructions. I recommend cooking the pasta al dente.
Typically pasta instructions will give you a range, so for instance 7-10 minutes. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta which is a delicious gluten free pasta.
For Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta, I’ve learned it’s best to boil the pasta for 8 minutes.
Every brand of gluten-free pasta is a little bit different. And you might have to experiment a little bit to find one you love.
- Don’t add salt until AFTER the water is boiling. Why? Because salted water takes longer to reach a boiling temperature.
- Add about half a tablespoon of olive oil to the boiling water. This will make sure your gluten-free pasta won’t get sticky!
While the gluten-free pasta is cooking, cut the onion, apple, hard-boiled egg, and dill.
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Add the canned tuna, sweet relish, mayonnaise (you can use Greek yogurt instead), and mustard.
It’s really easy! Just make sure, that you don’t overwork the mixture.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Chill the cooked pasta with cold water. After that spoon the cold pasta into the tuna salad mixture. Finally, season with the salad with salt and pepper. You probably won’t need to season a lot, because a lot of flavors come from the sweet relish, mustard, and mayonnaise.
How long does tuna pasta salad with mayo last in the fridge?
The salad lasts about 3-5 days in the fridge. But I like to use up gluten-free pasta salad within 3 days. However, that’s a personal preference!
I think that the sweet spot for gluten free tuna pasta salad is 1-2 days.
How to store Tuna Pasta Salad?
And I’ve started to replace some of my older plastic containers with glass containers and have found that I really prefer glass for food storage.
More Simple Lunch Recipes
- Kale and Blueberry Salad
- Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
- Kale Banana Smoothie An easy lunch option that tastes like dessert!
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
What to serve with Tuna Pasta Salad?
Because this cold tuna pasta salad recipe is high in protein, you’ll find it quite filling. For a quick lunch, you can jazz up the tuna pasta salad with some of these ideas…
- Baby carrots, broccoli, celery
- gluten-free Pretzels
- bread (check this out gluten-free crusty bread recipe!)
- a side of fruit
This salad is a classic and we have in on our lunch rotation all the time.
- Cook pasta according to package instruction.
- Once cooked, rinse the pasta and with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
- Chop the apple, red onion, hard-boiled egg, and fresh dill. Transfer the chopped eggs and veggies into a large salad bowl. Add tuna, sweet relish, mayonnaise, and mustard to the large salad bowl. Combine everything well.
- Add the pasta to the tuna salad mix. Season to taste with salt and pepper.