Definite crowd pleaser! This is THE pasta salad. Super easy to make. Ingredients are easy to keep on hand. Recipe is very easily doubled. It has become my signature side dish for barbecues.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water until chilled; drain.

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  • Mix pasta and salad dressing in a large bowl; fold tuna into the pasta mixture.

  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the salad is cold, at least 1/2 hour.

Cook's Note:

Optional: add sliced grape tomatoes or vegetables of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

570 calories; protein 15.2g 31% DV; carbohydrates 61.4g 20% DV; fat 27.8g 43% DV; cholesterol 6.3mg 2% DV; sodium 617.2mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2013
Yes it is a crowd pleaser and it could not be easier. Instead of tuna I added small cut-up chicken from the grill and 1000 Island Dressing. I wanted to add veggies but I brought it to a pot luck with kids and the kids LOVED it since there was nothing green. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2015
This is super easy and tastes OK. Way too bland for me and that was after adding vegetables as the cook's notes indicate. (I took my picture before adding any extras.) I added red onion red bell pepper peas and black olives. It tasted much better after I added another can of tuna cracked black pepper Italian seasoning a few splashes of vinegar and some cheddar cheese chunks. Thank you for the recipe idea though--my husband wants me to make it again with all the add-ins. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2013
Yes it is a crowd pleaser and it could not be easier. Instead of tuna I added small cut-up chicken from the grill and 1000 Island Dressing. I wanted to add veggies but I brought it to a pot luck with kids and the kids LOVED it since there was nothing green. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2013
This is a good easy recipe. I added some California mix veggies and thinly sliced onion. Can also use low fat Italian dressing. I also made this with ham and/or chicken. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2015
This is super easy and tastes OK. Way too bland for me and that was after adding vegetables as the cook's notes indicate. (I took my picture before adding any extras.) I added red onion red bell pepper peas and black olives. It tasted much better after I added another can of tuna cracked black pepper Italian seasoning a few splashes of vinegar and some cheddar cheese chunks. Thank you for the recipe idea though--my husband wants me to make it again with all the add-ins. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/28/2016
As is I think it would have been bland. But gave me starter recipe. Added a bunch of spices (garlic dill Italian seasoning pepper onion powder). Diced in red onion and red bell pepper for color flavor and texture. Used a dressing I already had a basil and balsamic vinaigrette. Easy and delicious great for a hot evening. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
05/24/2016
I made this as written and I'm sorry to say I did not like this at all. It tasted.like a bowl of pasta drowning in creamy Italian dressing. The dressing was all I could taste so I found it a.bit over whelming for my personal taste. However it definitely was super easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2016
Good and easy recipe. The only thing I added was cut up grape tomatoes. Read More
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