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Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

A bowl of tuna past salad with a spoon.

With whole grain-rich noodles and a mix of carrots, corn, peas, and celery, this hearty meal is a classic go-to for a quickly prepared and nutritious dinner.

Meal Pattern Contribution: 1 cup provides 1/2 cup total vegetable, 2.00 oz eq meat alternate, 1.00 oz eq grains.

Tuna Pasta Salad is the perfect choice for a quickly prepared and wholesome dinner that will leave you feeling energized and nourished.

This Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe was scaled to 8 servings by the Child Lane Nutrition Program, a CACFP-hosted program that serves 500+ Family Child Care Home Providers in Los Angeles County and Orange County.


Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe

Servings: 8 (1 cup per serving)

Prep time: 25 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

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  • Tuna, canned | 12 oz

  • WGR Pasta (dry) | 0.5 lbs

  • Peas, frozen | 1 cup

  • Corn, canned | 1 cup

  • Celery, diced | ½ cup

  • Carrots, shredded | 1 cup

  • Mayo | 1 cup

  • Mustard | 1 Tbsp.

  • Salt and Pepper | To taste


  1. In a large pot, boil water to cook the pasta to al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

  2. While the pasta cools, thaw peas under cold running water, rinse and diced celery, drain the can of tuna, drain the can of corn, and place all the ingredients in a large bowl.

  3. Add the cooled pasta, mayo, and mustard, and thoroughly mix all the ingredients. Season to taste. Served chilled. * Note: 1 cup serving for age group 1-5 years old


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