Bowl of tuna pasta salad sitting on a table

Tuna Pasta Salad

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I adore tuna pasta salad as an easy lunch option during the summer months! Simply make it the night before to let the flavors meld…mmmm!

It’s hard to believe that June is here….and so is summer!  Down here in South Carolina the temperatures are heating up and as a result, it’s time to step away from the oven and come up with alternate lunch and dinner ideas that don’t involve heating up the kitchen with the oven!

I love salads that are meals all on their own. And I love all different types of salads too! Lettuce-based and pasta…I actually find myself craving a nice cool salad during the warmer months of the year. And this tuna pasta salad is no exception! It is so simple to make and it keeps well in the refrigerator for several days. I always make a larger batch and eat leftovers for lunch for a few days after!

I love to use homemade mayonnaise in this recipe. If you have food sensitivities you can use the mayo that works best for you!

Quick and simple….just the way I like it! This recipe is gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free pasta. This recipe keeps in the fridge for a few days…and it always seems to taste better and better each day!

Bowl of tuna pasta salad sitting on a table

Tuna Pasta Salad

This quick and simple classic pasta salad makes a perfect lunch.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4 people


  • 4 ounces gluten free or whole wheat pasta
  • 1 can tuna in water 5 ounce can
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dill pickle relish
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • Cook pasta according to directions. Drain hot water and allow pasta to cool.
  • Once the pasta is cool, drain fully and pour into large mixing bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until fully mixed.
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


Feel free to add a little more mayonnaise if you want a creamier salad.

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