Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simply Filling Tuna Vegetable Pasta Salad

Lately, I've really been craving picnic foods.  Potato salad, pasta salad, burgers, dogs!  I love 'em all!  Since we aren't having or attending a picnic anytime soon, I figured I'd make myself a quick pasta salad for lunch.

I had a different idea in mind, but came up with this once I started throwing stuff into the bowl.  Very easy, very delicious!

Simply Filling Tuna Vegetable Pasta Salad 
      serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish

  • 4 oz. whole grain pasta, dry
  • 1 mini cucumber, sliced 
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced 
  • 1/4 cup chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbs. fat free mayo
  • 1-2 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning, to taste
  • 2 oz. albacore tuna packed in water, drained 
  • 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  • Pour drained pasta into a medium-large mixing bowl and allow to cool.  
  • Add in the remaining ingredients and stirring until well combined.  
  • Cover and chill in fridge for an hour or more. 

  • I wanted a power food pasta salad that I could eat as a main dish on busy night.  The added protein from the egg and tuna help keep me full if I'm eating this on it's own.  Serve a smaller portion if you are using this as a side dish recipe.  
  • I used 2 tsp. of the Old Bay Seasoning since I wanted a really flavorful pasta salad.  Use more or less to your taste preference.  

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