Rating: 4.29 stars
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Perfect for summer, this tuna salad is delicious! It's a crowd pleaser, easy to multiply and perfect for potlucks or cook-outs.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
22 mins
cook:
13 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling, stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, about 13 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink, and chill by rinsing with cold water.

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  • Combine the cooled pasta, tuna, tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, green onions, and celery in a salad bowl, and toss lightly to mix. Stir in the ranch dressing and dill, cover, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; protein 11.6g; carbohydrates 17.6g; fat 12.6g; cholesterol 15.5mg; sodium 255.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2010
Made this without the cucumber (just didn't sound good) and about 1/2-3/4 the dressing called for (personal preference on most salads) and it was very good. Of course I love dill so it was to be expected! I also added a little extra pasta to use up the rest of a box. My daughter asked for the leftovers to pack in her school lunch box today so I'm sure we'll be making this again and again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/02/2012
This is a great way to use some summer veggies. It was good enough. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2010
Made this without the cucumber (just didn't sound good) and about 1/2-3/4 the dressing called for (personal preference on most salads) and it was very good. Of course I love dill so it was to be expected! I also added a little extra pasta to use up the rest of a box. My daughter asked for the leftovers to pack in her school lunch box today so I'm sure we'll be making this again and again. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2011
My husband and daughter loved this dish. I don't care for dill but it is a nice alternative to traditional tuna salad. I made this in the morning and let it hang out in the fridge until lunchtime. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2011
Very light and refreshing on a hot summer day. The ranch dressing and dill is a nice flavor combination. This is a nice change from the mayo-based receipes. The small shells are the perfect size for this. The only change I made was to use 2 tsp. dried dill because I didn't have fresh dill on hand. The quantities of the ingredients are right on except for the tuna. I used 1 - 5oz. can of Tuna (nowadays Tuna cans are only 5 oz. not 6) but it wasn't enough. Even a 6 oz can isn't enough for all the veggies and pasta. Next time I will use 2 cans of Tuna and fresh dill. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2011
Fabulous recipe and I'm so glad I decided to double it. I left out the red pepper used dried dill instead of fresh threw in about 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar and added salt and pepper. I made it for lunch and may just have more for dinner. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2010
Just what I was in the mood for. A caterer I know made this for one event I helped her with and I am not a tuna eater usually but I liked it a lot. This recipe comes pretty close to hers. I didn't even have the celery red pepper or cucumber on hand but made it anyway and thanks to the fresh garden cherry tomatoes and fresh dill I didn't think those other ingredients were missed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2011
When I first put this dish together I wasn't that impressed. Then I put it into the fridge and it was 1000x better! Seriously eat this cold. Also add salt 2 cans of tuna 1 tablespoon of dill (if dried) and eliminate the cucumber if desired. I also used about 1 and a half cups of pasta twists. I thought this was a good amount of pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2011
Excellent as is will have again a definate keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2010
This was a good salad. It didn't have enough spice to it so I added some seasoned salt and that really made it taste good. I didn't have the green onions but my family tends to not like raw onions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2011
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YUUUUUM!! MY THREE YEAR OLD SON AND I ATE THE ENTIRE DISH IN ONE SITTING. I SEARCHED FOR A DISH WITH TUNA FISH THAT MY SON WILL ACTUALLY EAT AND I FOUND A WINNER. THE ONLY ADJUSTMENT I HAD TO MAKE WAS TO ADD SALT BUT THAT'S MY PERSONAL PREFERENCE. YOU GOTTA TRY THIS!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/02/2012
This is a great way to use some summer veggies. It was good enough. Read More
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