Pasta Salad with Tuna

I’m always looking for recipe ideas that will satisfy the whole family. Recipes that are grab-and-go, with our busy lifestyle, but also foods that provide some kind of nutritional value. This pasta salad with tuna hits those marks. The whole family loves it, and it has veggies and high protein tuna. No argument here from the kids! And my husband loves it too. If you are a busy parent that needs a dish that the kids can grab when hunger strikes, try this pasta salad with tuna.

Boil your noodles as directed, drain and set aside to let them cool. To a bowl, add the pasta, chopped onion, cucumber, jalapeños, peas, tuna, mayonnaise and spices. Squeeze a little lemon over the whole dish to brighten it up. Fold together until well combined. Be careful while mixing, those little rings like to climb right out of your bowl!

Store in the refrigerator for about a week.

This is a great recipe for grab and go meals during a busy week, but is also great for a summer party! Kid friendly, mother approved!

You can also get creative with this recipe! Add more jalapeno and cayenne for more spice, if that is what you and your family likes. You can also experiment with other spices, like dill to really pack a flavor punch. Experiment with other vegetables as well.

Pasta Salad with Tuna

This is one of my husband’s favorite childhood recipes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 200 kcal


  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Large mixing bowl


  • 1 Box pasta of choice I used rings
  • 1 Cans tuna in water
  • 1 Cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno diced (optional)
  • 1 mini cucumber diced
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise more if you like your pasta salad with more dressing


  • Boil your noodles as directed.
    Dice your onion, jalapeño and cucumber. Add those items to a bowl, along with peas, tuna, mayonnaise, cooked pasta and spices and fold together until well combined. Refrigerate to store, eat within a week.
Keyword kid friendly, pasta salad, tuna noodle salad


  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is now a staple in our house! I love that I can prep it ahead of time and pull it out of the fridge on busy weeknights with two littles. It’s also made great leftovers!

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