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Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad is a tasty side dish for summer! Rotini, veggies, and tuna are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing made of mayo, sour cream, and spices!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 231kcal


  • 4 cups rotini pasta
  • 10 ounces tuna packed in water drained
  • 2 celery stalks chopped, about ½ cup
  • ½ white onion diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 bell pepper any color, diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Cook noodles until al dente, according to package instructions. Add the peas to the pasta with 2 minutes left, then drain. Drain and rinse with cold water, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, salt, and pepper.
  • Transfer the cooked pasta and peas to a large bowl and add the tuna, celery, onion, and bell pepper and toss to mix.
  • Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to evenly coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with additional fresh ground black pepper if desired.


  • Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container or in a bowl tightly covered with plastic wrap. It should stay good for 3-5 days. 
  • Substitutions & Add-Ins
    • Boiled eggs – If you love eggs in your potato salad and pasta salad recipes, feel free to mix 4-5 chopped hardboiled eggs into this one, too!
    • Craving Tuna Macaroni Salad instead? Simply cook macaroni al dente and use it in place of the rotini in this recipe.
    • If you’re a pickle fan, try adding 2 tablespoons of pickle relish to the dressing!
    • Fresh shelled sugar snap peas can also be used in place of frozen ones.


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 623IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg