- 1 16-ounce box of pasta (medium shells), cooked al dente
- 2 12-ounce cans albacore tuna packed in water, fully drained
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 + 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard (made with white wine)
- 3 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnishing
- 4 – 5 tablespoons non-pareil capers, fully drained (plus more for garnishing)
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 cup chopped red onion
- 10.5 ounces grape tomatoes (about 2-1/4 cups), halved
- 1 6-ounce can medium black olives, halved
- 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil, plus more for garnishing
- 4 twists of freshly-ground black pepper for garnishing
- Boil the medium-sized pasta shells according to package directions until al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking, cut and slice the veggies. Add them to a large bowl along with the capers. Toss all of the ingredients together.
- Open two cans of tuna and drain off the water. Add the tuna to a large bowl along with the mayonnaise, mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Using a fork, break up the tuna into small pieces and mix well.
- When the pasta is al dente, drain off the water. In a colander, rinse the pasta briefly to cool it down and bring it to room temperature. Add the pasta to the tuna mixture. With a large spatula or wooden spoon, fold everything together until combined.
- Add the tuna-and-pasta mixture to the veggies. Fold all the ingredients together. Generously garnish the top of your tuna pasta salad with freshly-ground black pepper, Parmesan cheese, and thin slices of fresh basil. If desired, sprinkle a few extra capers on top. Your delicious summer salad is ready to serve and enjoy!
A NOTE ABOUT THE QUANTITY OF CAPERS FOR THIS RECIPE: I absolutely love the tangy flavor of capers, so I use the full 5 tablespoons. But if you’re not familiar with this ingredient, I recommend that you first assemble the tuna pasta salad using just 4 tablespoons. Then before garnishing the salad do a quick taste test. If desired, adjust the quantity of capers upwards.
- Category: Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Picnic, Potluck, Party
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: tuna pasta salad, cold pasta salad, tuna pasta salad recipe