Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad
Put this fresh salad together in almost no time at all! Clean, crisp flavors, lean protein and fiber to keep you going for the rest of your busy day or night! Read on for tips to prep ahead and toss the ingredients together whenever you're ready for this delicious, fast meal. The variations are almost endless.
2 cups Brown Rice Fusilli, Cooked
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Lemon (juiced)
1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup Green Olives (sliced, optional)
1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes (sliced)
2 cans Tuna (drained and flaked)
8 cups Arugula
1/4 cup Hemp Seeds
Cook the brown rice pasta according to directions on the package.
While the pasta is cooking, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
When the pasta is done cooking, drain it and rinse with cold water until cooled.
In a large bowl, toss the pasta, olives, sun dried tomatoes, tuna, arugula, hemp seeds and dressing until will combined. Divide between plates and enjoy!
Make Ahead Tips:
Cook your pasta ahead of time and toss with the dressing, olives, and chopped sundried tomatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, put your arugula in a bowl, and toss with the tuna. You may want to splash a little more lemon juice or olive oil to add some liquid if you typically enjoy a lot of dressing, as the pasta will have absorbed all of those delicious flavors!
For more options or variations, try replacing the pasta with one can of drained and rinsed chickpeas. If you arent sensitive to gluten, you can use whole wheat pasta instead. Change the texture by replacing tuna with 8-10 oz (cooked weight) of another protein - grilled shredded chicken, ground turkey or chicken, any other grilled/roasted fish, even shrimp would be delicious in this recipe!
Enjoy the possibilities!
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