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Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Chill 4 hrs to 24 hrs

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This pasta salad recipe is a fiver-rich complete meal, with vegetables, tuna, and cheese.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dried mafalda
  • 2 9 - ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 2 9 1/4 - ounce can chunk white tuna (water packed), drained and broken into chunks
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped yellow sweet peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced, pitted ripe olives
  • 1 recipe Lemon Dressing (see recipe below)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a Dutch oven according to package directions, adding the artichoke hearts the last 5 minutes of cooking; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Halve any large artichoke hearts.
  2. Transfer pasta and artichoke hearts to a very large bowl. Gently stir in tuna, mushrooms, sweet peppers, and olives.
  3. Pour Lemon Dressing over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Before serving, gently stir in tomatoes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 8 servings.

Tip

  • For 4 Servings: Prepare using method above, except cook pasta and artichoke hearts in a large saucepan. Stir salad together in a large bowl.

Tip

  • To Tote: Transport salad, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

Lemon Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh thyme or basil or 2 teaspoons dried thyme or basil, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together lemon peel, lemon juice, rice vinegar, salad oil, snipped fresh thyme, sugar, black pepper, and garlic. Makes about 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts

(Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad)

Servings Per Recipe 8, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, sodium (mg) 407, pro. (g) 25, fiber (g) 6, Potassium (mg) 466, sugar (g) 4, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, Niacin (mg) 8, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 31, sat. fat (g) 2, Folate (µg) 89, cal. (kcal) 394, vit. A (IU) 534, Fat, total (g) 12, carb. (g) 45, Thiamin (mg) 0, vit. C (mg) 1, iron (mg) 3, calcium (mg) 101

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