Ultimate Tuna Pasta Salad: A Perfect Summer Delight

Tuna pasta salad is a classic dish that combines the refreshing flavors of summer with the satisfying texture of pasta. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch, a side dish for a barbecue, or a make-ahead meal for busy days, this Ultimate Tuna Pasta Salad is the perfect solution. Bursting with vibrant vegetables and a creamy dressing, this salad is sure to become a favorite in your household.


For the Salad:

  • 1 lb curved Macaroni, boiled, strained and cooled in fresh water
  • 1 1/2 cups of mixed sweet peppers, finely chopped into cubes (red, yellow or orange)
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 4 cans albacore tuna, drained

For the Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 cups regular mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Begin by cooking the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions. After the pasta has been finished cooking, remove the water and run under cold water to keep it fresh. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • Dice the bell peppers, celery, and red onion into small, uniform pieces.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the diced vegetables.
  3. Add the Tuna:
    • Drain the cans of albacore tuna and add the tuna to the pasta and vegetable mixture.
    • Gently mix to distribute the tuna evenly throughout the salad.
  4. Make the Dressing:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, fresh chopped parsley, red wine vinegar, kosher salt, garlic powder, and fresh black pepper until smooth and well combined.
  5. Combine and Toss:
    • Pour the dressing over the pasta salad mixture.
    • Toss gently to ensure all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing.
  6. Chill and Serve:
    • Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
    • Before serving, give the salad a quick stir and adjust the seasoning if necessary.


This Ultimate Tuna Pasta Salad is a delicious and versatile dish that’s perfect for any occasion. The combination of tender pasta, crunchy vegetables, and creamy dressing creates a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that will delight your taste buds. Make a big batch and enjoy it throughout the week, or bring it to your next gathering for a dish that’s sure to impress. Enjoy this refreshing and satisfying salad as a staple in your culinary repertoire!