Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Garden Tuna Pasta Salad with Dill

I saw this recipe in our local news paper. Since it used dill and I had some in the fridge, I decided to try it. I'm not a big fan of pasta salad with tuna, since I always find it tastes too fishy. I have to admit that this recipe is really delicious. I really love the flavors of the dill and lemon, with the cucumber and tuna. It tastes fresh and light, not fishy at all, even the next day. I think this is a great alternative, to your usual pasta salad. I did only use 1 C of pastina. I originally planned to use orzo, but forgot that I had used it all up and hadn't added it to our grocery list. I also omitted the peas, since Hubby loathes peas. I didn't serve it on greens, or garnish with tomato, since I was too lazy, LOL. Queenie enjoyed it (especially the cucumber and red pepper) and Mr.B didn't even want to try it. He isn't a big fan of pasta salad. My Mom enjoyed it and she isn't big on tuna either. So, if you are looking for a fresh twist on a summer favorite, give this a try.


Garden Tuna Pasta Salad with Dill
Adapted from the Barrie Examiner

2 C small dried pasta
1-7oz can of water or oil packed tuna, drained
1 C finely diced English cucumber
1/2 small sweet pepper, diced
1/2 C sweet peas
2 green onions, finely sliced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 C mayonnaise
1 Tbs chopped capers
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/3 C chopped fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste
1 C grape tomatoes, quartered
lemon wedges
Boston lettuce

Cook pasta in a medium saucepan of salted water, until al dente. Drain, rinse slightly and drain again. Cool completely.

In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, capers, lemon juice and zest, dill, salt and pepper. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine pasta, tuna, cucumber, peppers, peas, onion and celery. Pour in dressing and toss thoroughly. Spoon pasta salad into Boston lettuce cups and garnish with tomatoes and lemon wedges. (Or line a bowl or platter with some greens and place salad on top and garnish with tomato and lemon.)


Cyndy said...

This looks great and I think I will make some for lunch next week. You said you used only 1 C of pasta, did you scale any of the other ingredients down? Did it make quite a bit?

Cindy said...

I probably didn't use as much cucumber as the recipe asked for. Everything else I kept the same though. It made quite a bit, I'd say maybe 6 servings.