This creamy tuna pasta salad is made with creamy dressing, macaroni, and tasty veggies. The ultimate spring and summer side dish, great for picnics! Made with the simplest ingredients, this recipe couldn’t get any easier and faster to make.
Not only is this tuna pasta salad great for picnics, but it can also be enjoyed as a main dish. It is a fresh and vibrant dish that’s guaranteed to make your mouth water. I truly believe this is the best tuna pasta salad recipe in the world!
How to prepare the creamiest tuna pasta salad:
For the pasta salad:
- 2 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
- 1 cup little tomatoes (halved)
- 1 can tuna drained (6 oz.)
- 2 sticks celery (chopped)
- 1 mini cucumber (chopped)
- 1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)
- 2 tbsp red onion (chopped)
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
For the creamy dressing:
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1 tsp dill
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Start by cooking your pasta in a large pot with salted water until al dente – following the package’s instructions.
While the pasta is cooking, it’s time to make the creamy dressing. So in order to do that, start by combining all of the dressing ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix until the mixture (dressing) is smooth and set it aside.
Now, in another medium-sized bowl combine all the other ingredients (tomatoes, tuna, celery, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and parsley). Season with salt and pepper and toss the ingredients around in the bowl so that they season evenly.
Once the pasta is finally done cooking remove it from the large pot and strain the water. Then, run the pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process so that the pasta cools down.
Next, in a large bowl, combine all the ingredients (pasta, dressing, and vegetables). Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix the mixture well so that all the ingredients have been combined.
Cover the large bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to at least an hour to chill and let the pasta soak up some of the dressing. This process isn’t necessary but it brings out all the flavors.