My Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe Makes a Cool Meal

Tuna Pasta Salad

I don’t know about you, but when it’s too hot outside I get lazy when it comes to making an elaborate meal. Instead, I like to whip up something nutritious and cool such as this tuna pasta salad that I developed for the Tonnino Blogger Challenge recipe contest that I was invited to participate in.

My salad is a creamy mix of seasoned olive oil with lemon and peppers along with sour cream, mayonnaise with just some green olive and tuna to lend to that beautiful simplicity. The twist of lemon provides a bright touch to this salad that is special. Prepare earlier in the day and a delicious meal like this can be made ahead to save you prep time and heat in the kitchen later.

If you never tasted the Tonnino Gourmet Tuna Fillets with Lemon and Peppers in Olive Oil, you are missing out on a really delicious jar of tuna. Their product doesn’t come out of the jar looking like shreds that can pass as cat food straight from the can. On the contrary, this tuna is large chunks that make it ideal for things like tuna salads, sandwiches, and even my Mediterranean tuna pizza that I also entered for their contest.

Tonnino Tuna Fillets with Lemon & Pepper in Olive Oil (yellow lable jar)
The Tonnino tuna fillets are packed in pure olive oil that you can include when cooking.

This company offers eight different varieties that can be purchased at Whole Foods. Connect with them at the company’s website, on Facebook and on Instagram. #temptingyourtaste and #tonninobloggerchallenge

The next time that you’re in the mood for something easy and love tuna, I hope that you decide to print my recipe out. I am confident that you will enjoy it!

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad
Prep Time
12 mins
Total Time
15 mins

My tuna pasta salad is a creamy mix of seasoned olive oil with lemon and peppers along with sour cream, mayonnaise with just some green olive and tuna to lend to that beautiful simplicity on a hot summer day.

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: #tonninobloggerchallenge, cool summer meals, easy recipes, main dish salads, tuna pasta salad
Servings: 6
Author: Mary Balandiat
  • 1 lb. of corkscrew shaped pasta or elbows
  • 1 jar 6.7 oz. Of Tonnino Tuna Fillets in Lemon Pepper Olive Oil
  • ½ cups of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/3 cup of chopped sliced pimento-stuffed green olives
  1. In a large mixing bowl, take your cooked, drained pasta and add the jar of tuna fillets complete with the olive oil.
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Place in a corning dish and cover in your refrigerator until chilled and ready to serve.
  4. ENJOY!


  1. tat2gurlzrock
    July 8, 2019 / 5:43 am

    I agree. When it is hot I like to keep it light. This looks very good!

  2. gloria patterson
    July 8, 2019 / 11:11 am

    This sounds and looks so good. I like to keep something like this in the refrigerator for a meal or just a snack. I have to agree with you most tuna in the can looks like cat food and that’s sad. We don’t have a whole food here and have been checking but have not found this tuna. Maybe have to check on line.

    • nuts4stuff
      July 9, 2019 / 2:51 am


      Whole Foods sells it. This is really good from the size of tuna pieces to the pure olive oil that you can also. No waste!

  3. Lynne B
    July 13, 2019 / 7:14 am

    I’ve never seen this before. It could me I’m looking in the wrong place. I like the lemon in this recipe.

  4. gloria patterson
    July 21, 2019 / 1:46 pm

    Today I wanted something light and easy to make and I thought of this lemon pepper tuna salad. Dont have that tuna but do have albacore in oil so dinner in process.

    • nuts4stuff
      July 21, 2019 / 2:35 pm

      Hi Gloria,

      Believe it or not, I had the exact same thing for dinner tonight. It was perfect for the hot weather.

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