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The World’s Best Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

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The Best Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe In The World

We’re always trying variations of easy cold pasta salad recipes but most times we settle for the classic cold tuna pasta salad.

When we were living together in a room after I first moved to Canada we made a massive bowl of tuna pasta salad every 3 days.

I’m not joking either, since we did not want to be in the kitchen when the owner was home.

It was far easier to make foods that were cold and easy to store in our basement refrigerator without having to heat them up.

Tuna pasta salad is perfect for picnics, parties, pot-luck, or a frugal back yard barbeque.

When summer comes we want tasty recipes that we can make ahead that fit our grocery budget.

Since we are invited to many summer bbq parties it’s also essnential to create recipes that are easy to transport.

Tuna pasta salad and a massive Caesar salad are two of our famous recipes that everyone raves about.

Variations of Tuna Pasta Salad

Some of my favourite variations of tuna pasta salad may seem odd but they do taste good.

We like to start with a simple tuna pasta salad and then dress it up.

What I enjoy about tuna pasta salad is that you create the creamy base with the tuna and pasta followed by anything else you like.

  • Tuna Pasta Salad with Peas and olives
  • Cold Chicken Pasta Salad
  • Tuna Pasta Salad with Bacon and Cheese
  • Cold Tuna Noodle Salad using noodles such as spaghetti

I incorporate both Miracle Whip and Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayonnaise to my tuna pasta salad as I find the blend adds to the perfect classic tuna salad taste.

If you’re not a fan of the Hellman’s or the Miracle Whip you can make your own mayo or use more or less of the other.

Keep in mind you’re making the world’s best tuna pasta salad so I’d stick to the recipe so you taste how good it really is.

Pasta Varieties For Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic tuna pasta salad is made with elbow pasta but I’ve made it with many different varieties, especially when it’s on sale.

Another cool variation is to simply change the type of pasta such as using bow-tie pasta, or penne, rigatoni, tube, etc.

You are not limited by the pasta that you use for tuna pasta salad as it pretty much works with any dry pasta.

I’ve done this on many occasions which actually makes it seem as if you are eating a completely different tuna pasta salad.

So what are the tuna pasta salad ingredients that I’m going to use today?

I know it sounds scary but it’s far from it and delicious with a BBQ steak, hotdogs and burgers.

My mouth is watering now.

Just remember this is the world’s best tuna pasta salad according to my family and friends.

That counts right?

How To Make The Best Tuna Pasta Salad In The World

Printable Recipe Below

Tools For Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Large Spoon
  • Large Pot to boil Pasta
  • Colander
  • Cheese Grater
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Measuring Cups

Tuna Pasta Salad Ingredients

  • 1x 500 g package of Pasta (your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt for the pot of pasta water
  • Add water according to package instructions
  • 3 cans of solid white tuna
  • 2 cups of Hellman’s Mayonnaise or homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup of Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for the salad)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped green spring onions
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
  • 2 cups of shredded old cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 1 medium tomato chopped (remove the seeds)
  • 2 medium grated carrots
  • 2 chopped medium dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 cup cooked green peas (optional but I used it for my recipe)
  • Sprinkle paprika before serving for colour and flavour (optional)

How To Make Tuna Pasta Salad

  • In a large pot with salted boiling water cook your pasta until al dente only then strain in your colander
  • While the pasta is cooking prep all of your vegetables and set aside
  • Grate the cheddar and asiago cheese and set aside in a bowl
  • Chop pickles into small bite-size pieces and set them aside in a bowl
  • Drain the pasta in a colander then put the hot pasta in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the remainder of the ingredients including the spices and lemon juice apart from the shredded tuna, Yogurt, Miracle Whip, and Hellman’s mayonnaise.
  • In a separate bowl shred, the three cans of tuna then add it to the pasta
  • After you mix in the tuna add the Miracle Whip, Yogurt, and Hellman’s then mix to make sure everything is covered and creamy.
  • Taste the tuna pasta salad for seasoning and add more salt or pepper if desired. It’s best to add more than to add too much. 
  • Place Plastic wrap on top and store in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until chilled then serve.
  • Garnish with sprinkled smoked paprika to bring out the colour in the dish before serving.
  • That’s it! Enjoy with your favourite meal. 
Cold Tuna Pasta Salad With A Kick
 
Recipe Type: Salads
Author: Mr.CBB
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Serves: 8
My Tuna Pasta Salad is the world’s best because it is so creamy and the secret ingredient which is Greek Yogurt lifts the flavour into a new dimension.
Ingredients
  • 1x 500 g package of Pasta (your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt for the pot of pasta water
  • Add water according to package instructions
  • 3 cans of solid white tuna
  • 2 cups of Hellman’s Mayonnaise or homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup of Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 cup of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for the salad)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped green spring onions
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
  • 2 cups of shredded old cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 1 medium tomato chopped (remove the seeds)
  • 2 medium grated carrots
  • 2 chopped medium dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 cup green peas (optional)
  • Sprinkle paprika before serving for colour and flavour (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot with salted boiling water cook your pasta until al dente only then strain in your colander
  2. While the pasta is cooking prep all of your vegetables and set aside
  3. Grate the cheddar and asiago cheese and set aside in a bowl
  4. Chop pickles into small bite-size pieces and set them aside in a bowl
  5. Drain the pasta in a colander then put the hot pasta in a large mixing bowl
  6. Add the remainder of the ingredients including the spices and lemon juice apart from the shredded tuna, Yogurt, Miracle Whip, and Hellman’s mayonnaise. In a separate bowl shred, the three cans of tuna then add it to the pasta
  7. After you mix in the tuna add the Miracle Whip, Yogurt, and Hellman’s then mix to make sure everything is covered and creamy.
  8. Taste the tuna pasta salad for seasoning and add more salt or pepper if desired. It’s best to add more than to add too much.
  9. Place Plastic wrap on top and store in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until chilled then serve.
  10. Garnish with sprinkled smoked paprika to bring out the colour in the dish before serving.
 

Discussion: What ingredients do you like to add to your tuna pasta salad recipe?
Leave me your comments below as I’d love to get your feedback on my recipe and learn more about yours.

Mr.CBB

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10 Comments

  1. sounds awesome, different from the one I make, so I will have to try this:) Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow! Yours is way different! lol Sounds good but I’m afraid to try new things food wise! lol I admire people that can cook and eat like this!

    1. Ha Jen, you don’t have to explain yourself… new things.. umm food wise… lol…You admire me for my cooking.. oh Jen don’t sweat the small stuff… all the easy stuff you make difficult… you will see in the end of it all.. you too can do all these wonderful things and budget! Keep at it darlin… Cheers Mr.CBB

  3. That sounds good!! I am not very creative when it comes to experimenting in the kitchen. My tuna pasta salad always comes out blah to be. I never thought of adding all the things you have! Will definitely be trying this one!

    1. We like to have many salads ready to go in the summer or make up quick ones on the spot. It’s important to keep fresh vegetables in the kitchen at all times.. Thanks for your comment! Mr.CBB

  4. Nobody here cares for tuna. What I do is cook the pasta as usual, rinse, drain and add… green pickle relish,chopped celery, chopped green onion and some Miracle Whip. Mix well and chill. Quantities are up to you and based on how many are eating, whether you want left overs and such. It’s a very easy recipe and very forgiving. Play with it and have fun…. Enjoy!!

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