Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad

Vegetable & Tuna Pasta Salad

Makes: 6 servings
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This delicious pasta salad recipe is made with zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and chunk light tuna, which is lower in mercury than white albacore tuna. For the best flavor, combine the pasta salad with the dressing about 1 hour before serving. If you’re looking for an environmentally sustainable canned tuna option, check the label—tuna that was caught by troll or pole-and-line is considered the best choice, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Or look for the blue Certified Sustainable Seafood label from the Marine Stewardship Council.

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Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Pasta Salad

  • 8 ounces (about 3 cups) whole-wheat fusilli
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cup diced zucchini, (about 1 medium)
  • 2 5-ounce can chunk light tuna, drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped soft sun-dried tomatoes
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation

  1. To prepare dressing: Combine oil, broth, vinegar, basil, shallots, salt and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well combined. (Or whisk in a bowl.)
  2. To prepare pasta salad: Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain, transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Add arugula, zucchini, tuna, cheese, tomatoes, pepper and the dressing; toss to coat.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate, without dressing, for up to 1 day. Toss with the dressing about 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 6
  • Amount Per serving
  • Calories 285
  • % Daily values *
  • 18% Total Fat 12g
    • 15% Saturated Fat 3g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 8g
  • 5% Cholesterol 15mg
  • 10% Potassium 354mg
  • 17% Sodium 401mg
  • 9% Total Carbohydrate 28g
    • 12% Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Sugars 3g
  • 34% Protein 17g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate Equals 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Equals 25g 30g

Recipe by EatingWell.com

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