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Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 30 mins Chill 4 hrs to 24 hrs
Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad
Ingredients
  • 12  ounces  dried mafalda
  • 2 9  ounce package  frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 2 9 1/4 ounce can  chunk white tuna (water packed), drained and broken into chunks
  • 2  cups  sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2  cups  chopped yellow sweet peppers
  • 1/2  cup  sliced, pitted ripe olives
  • 1  recipe Lemon Dressing (see recipe below)
  • 2  cups  cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4  cup  finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Directions

1. Cook pasta in a Dutch oven according to package directions, adding the artichoke hearts the last 5 minutes of cooking; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Halve any large artichoke hearts.

2. Transfer pasta and artichoke hearts to a very large bowl. Gently stir in tuna, mushrooms, sweet peppers, and olives.

3. Pour Lemon Dressing over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Before serving, gently stir in tomatoes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 8 servings.

From the Test KitchenTo Tote:
  • Transport salad, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese in an insulated cooler with ice packs.
For 4 Servings:
  • Prepare using method above, except cook pasta and artichoke hearts in a large saucepan. Stir salad together in a large bowl.
Lemon Dressing

Yield: about 3/4 cup
Start to Finish 15 mins
Ingredients
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/3  cup  lemon juice
  • 1/3  cup  rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4  cup  salad oil
  • 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh thyme or basil or 2 teaspoons dried thyme or basil, crushed
  • 1  teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
Directions

1. In a small bowl whisk together lemon peel, lemon juice, rice vinegar or white wine vinegar, salad oil, thyme or basil, sugar, black pepper, and minced garlic. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts (Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 394,
  • Fat, total (g) 12,
  • chol. (mg) 31,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 45,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 6,
  • sugar (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 25,
  • vit. A (RE) 0,
  • vit. A (IU) 534,
  • vit. C (mg) 87,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 8,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 89,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 407,
  • Potassium (mg) 466,
  • calcium (mg) 101,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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