Go Back
+ servings

Mediterranean Inspired Tuna Pasta Salad

Inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean, this quick, healthy, easy, fresh and delicious Tuna Pasta Salad is perfect for a hot summer day
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Main Course, mezze, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Chickpeas, Olive, onion, Pasta, Sun Dried Tomato, Tuna
Servings: 4
Ingredients

Tuna Pasta Salad

  • 3/4 cup Orzo
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Large Dice Chunks or Halved Grape Tomatos
  • 1/2 cup European Style Cucumbers seeded and quartered
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives halved
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion small dice
  • 1/2 cup Chickpeas, canned rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Artichoke quarters, pan roasted
  • 2 3 1/2 oz can Tuna packed in olive oil

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBL Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Fill a pot with a quart of water and bring it to a boil
  • Add 2 TBS kosher salt just as the water begins to boil
  • Add the orzo and cook until al dente
  • When the orzo is done, drain in a colander with small holes, and run under cold water for 3 -5 minutes, until orzo is about room temperature
  • While orzo is cooking and cooling, finish cutting and preparing remaining ingredients
  • Drain the tuna, but it is not necessary to remove 100% of the oil. It will blend with the dressing in the finished salad
  • When the orzo is cooled, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • Add the dressing (below) and toss further.

Dressing

  • In a small jar with a lid, combine all ingredients
  • Give a vigorous shake just before using
  • Immediately pour over pasta salad