Monday, July 11, 2011

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad

I have been looking for a great tuna pasta salad recipe for years!  
I'm not joking........  I think my obsession all started when my boys 
were little and we would take them to Chuck E. Cheese.  They had 
a tuna pasta salad on their salad bar that would make me want to 
take the boys there way more than was necessary. While everyone 
else had their plate piled high with pizza, I would have a giant blob 
of tuna pasta salad and crackers.
Over the years I've tried all kinds of different recipes and ingredients 
and nothing I tried would turn out quite like I was hoping. Then I found 
a recipe from the Whole Foods Market Cookbook. The first time I 
made it as a sandwich.  I could tell right away that it would be awesome 
with some pasta added to it for a light, cold summer supper.  It is amazing, 
even better than that mouse place.  Now I'm thinking.......Chuck E. Who?

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad
adapted from Whole Foods Cookbook

4 (6 oz) cans albacore tuna in water, drained
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1/4 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
1 (4 oz) can black olives, sliced
1/2 small red onion, minced
1/4 cup Italian parsley, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
fresh ground pepper
1 (16 oz) pkg. bowtie pasta (or the shape of your choice),
cooked and drained

Combine all ingredients and chill in the fridge at least a
couple of hours or overnight.

What's awesome is that ALL my kids LOVED it, including my husband Jim.  
That night we had Jim's cousin Brent over for dinner too.  I love his remark.......
YOU made this?  Uh.......yeah!  I take it as a compliement...........I think?


  1. Your tuna salad looks delicious and perfect for a hot summer day! So funny about Chuck E. Cheese - we avoided that place like the plague! Maybe if I'd known about the salad...
    (Took a much needed nap, feel better - hope you had a good afternoon!)

  2. This looks soooo good! I am definitely trying this one out this week! What a great summer recipe!

    ♥ Kyna

  3. This looks amazing...
    I'm still in that Chuck E.Cheese phase :)
    Thanks so much for joining us at NOBH...
    ~Kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH

  4. I must make this - I love all of the flavors in it.

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  7. I'm here from Larry's blog. This pasta salad sounds great and what I find interesting is that it's Chuck E Cheese inspired! :-)

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  9. Can't wait to try this. I have all the ingredients!

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  11. Im glad I'm not the only one that was searching for that tuna salad. I was so young, but still remember it... I have a 3 year old son now, and I always expect to see it, but never do, upsetting, I know! Im going to try your recipe soon, I have to see if it brings back memories. thanks!!


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