Grains & Pasta

Tri-Color Pasta Salad with Tuna

Forget about a boring tuna sandwich for lunch - with just 10 minutes of work, this light and colorful tuna salad will fill you up without weighing you down.

Maya Visnyei
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
15 min


  • 1/4 cup tri-color brown rice fusilli or rotini pasta
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (dry-packed)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 oz BPA-free unsalted canned tuna, in water (TRY: Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna - No Salt Added)
  • 1/4 cup mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 loosely packed cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese, optional


  • 1 2-cup glass jar with lid


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, until slightly more cooked than al dente. Drain and spread pasta on a small baking sheet to cool. (NOTE: Spreading pasta on a baking sheet prevents it from becoming a solid mass.) Meanwhile, prepare dressing: In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, Italian seasoning and 2 tsp water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and add sun-dried tomatoes. Whisk in oil and salt and pepper. Set aside to cool slightly. Build salad: Add dressing to bottom of jar. Layer tuna, pasta, greens, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, if desired. Cover with lid and refrigerate. Just before serving, shake jar to distribute dressing. Make up to 1 day in advance.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 jar
  • Calories 290
  • Carbohydrate Content 27 g
  • Cholesterol Content 15 mg
  • Fat Content 12 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 20 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 375 mg
  • Sugar Content 10 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g