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Tuna pasta salad in a bowl with another bowl of it behind it and a bowl of peas in front of it.

Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This healthy tuna pasta salad is fresh, crunchy, packed with protein and it is gluten free! It is made with brown rice pasta, peppers, celery, onion and peas then finished off with an incredible lemon dill dressing.  A 15 minute pasta salad recipe you must try!



For the salad

  • 4 cups dry pasta – I used gluten free brown rice pasta
  • 1 large red bell pepper – chopped 
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoon drained capers
  • 3 (4 oz) cans of tuna – drained

For the lemon dill dressing

  • 2/3 cup avocado mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 cloves of garlic – peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • More fresh chopped dill – optional for serving
  • Lemon juice – optional for serving


  1. Cook the pasta for about 1-2 minutes less than the package instructions. Then drain and rinse the pasta under cold water and let it cool for a few minutes. You can also do this step one day in advance and store the cooked pasta in the refrigerator. 
  2. Add the pasta along with the rest of the salad ingredients to a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. 
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. 
  5. Top the tuna pasta salad with more fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon juice and serve cold. 


  • You can use any pasta you like in this recipe.  I used gluten-free brown rice pasta. 
  • Switch up the veggies and use any crunchy veggies like carrots, radishes, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber in this tuna salad. 
  • If you are not a fan of tuna then cooked, diced chicken also works great in this recipe. 
  • Make sure to strain any liquid from the tuna before you add it to the salad. 
  • Cook the pasta until al dente “to the tooth”, so it is tender, chewy, and not mushy. 
  • You can store this salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Quick and Easy Salads
  • Method: Assembled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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