Tuna Pasta Salad

When the weather warms up … what to make for dinner is an issue for me.

I like cold food on hot days and hot food on cold days!  I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone on this 😉

Son #3 thinks that we don’t have Tuna Pasta Salad often enough (even though he picks out the celery) … he will ask “Is today hot enough for Tuna Pasta Salad?”  Today the answer is … Yes, will you be home for dinner?

When I want to make something quick and easy in warm weather … this pasta salad is one thing that I rely on.  I make it in the morning … put it in the fridge, so that it will be nice and cold for dinner.

We tend to use chicken quite a bit for dinners, tuna is a nice alternative.  This salad is a favorite because of the combo of flavors, crunch of the vegetables and sweet juiciness of the grapes!  I also like easy one pot meals 😉

Tuna Pasta Salad


  • 1 pound pasta, medium shells
  • 2 – 7 ounce cans of solid white albacore (tuna-packed in water), drained
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped red onion (about 1 large onion)
  • 4 cups red seedless grapes (1-1/2 to 2 pounds)
  • 2 cups light mayonnaise (add more if you like)
  1. Cook and drain the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Mix tuna and lemon juice in pasta.  As pasta continues to cool, prepare remaining ingredients.
  3. Add celery, onions and grapes to pasta … mix well.
  4. Stir in mayonnaise.
  5. Chill.  Serve cold (with hot bread according  to my guys)!

Hint – I use a 6 quart pan to cook the pasta and use the same pan to mix everything … it’s nice and big, because this is a big salad …


Oh … we all like to have leftovers for lunch, too!  This time the salad served 3 dinners and 5 lunches!


♦  This recipe may be shared with these fun parties!  ♦


24 thoughts on “Tuna Pasta Salad

  1. I LOVE tuna! I need to try this! You’re right, nothing’s better than a cold dish on a hot day. Pinning to try soon! Glad I found your blog today on the Time to Sparkle party, now following you via Facebook. Come visit me sometime!

    Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy.com


  2. This pasta salad looks fabulous! I am funny when it comes to warm days, I like to eat cold foods, but for some reason I like soup too…go figure! I think the children would like this salad a lot. Thanks!



  3. I love pasta salad too when the weather is warm. We just had some last night for dinner. But I only add vegetables, and no tuna. This sounds so good, I’ll try your recipe next.


  4. I was making this salad from memory, and never added the lemon juice. I want to make it tomorrow, as I made once for my brother when he was visiting, and he is with me again and ask about it. I will add the lemon this time – this is such an awesome salad, I eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between as snack! Thank you for posting!!!


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