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Sometimes you just can’t beat simple. And a creamy, light Tuna Pasta Salad is so delicious, healthy and is ready in 10 minutes… BONUS that everyone always loves it too!

There’s very rarely a recipe that is perfect for either a quick dinner, a packed lunch or a picnic. Eat it hot or cold, add your favourite additions, and you have the most budget-friendly and delicious classic. Beware though – it’s moreish!

Easy tuna pasta salad with peppers and corn, in a bowl ready to be served.

I LOVE throwing this one together when I haven’t planned much for dinner and everyone is starving and needs a good feed. Mainly because, as well as the fact I usually have most ingredients in for this Tuna Pasta Salad recipe at any one time, it’s just SO delicious. 

Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly the fanciest of meals, but it works. Quick, light, healthy and is perfect for leftover lunches the next day.

I also think tuna is such an underrated seafood offering. Its flavouring is not overly fishy but is unique enough to carry a whole dish. It’s inexpensive and has a long shelf life in the cupboard, meaning you can always whip up a sandwich, pasta, jacket potato filling, salad or wrap if you have it in stock.

If you love this, you might also enjoy my Tuna Pasta Bake as a hot dish too.

Why you’ll love this Tuna Pasta Salad recipe

⭐️ Ready in 10 minutes

⭐️ Summery, light and delicious

⭐️ Inexpensive and ultra easy

Healthy and quick Tuna Salad with pasta, peppers, sweetcorn and dressing.

Tuna Pasta Salad Variations

  • Avocado Tuna Salad – Add a large peeled and cubed avocado
  • Very Healthy Tuna Salad – Replace the mayonnaise or creme fraiche (or both) with low fat Greek yoghurt
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich – Leave the pasta out, mix everything together well and spread between two slices of bread
  • Tuna Pasta Salad without Mayo – Add more creme fraiche or/and Greek yoghurt instead
  • Tuna Salad Wrap – Leave the pasta out, mix everything together well and roll into a tortilla wrap
  • Tuna Pasta Salad with Cheese – Either sprinkle grated cheese over the top or mix small cubes of cheese in with the rest of the ingredients
  • Tuna Salad with Egg – Add a hard boiled egg or two to the ingredients
  • Tuna Melt – Swap the pasta for a bagel and you have a new version of a perfect crunchy, cheesy meal with tuna and veggies

Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad Ingredients

Ingredients for Tuna Pasta Salad with pasta, cucumber, peppers and corn, ready to be mixed.
  • Tuna – I use basic but good quality canned tuna fish. You can get premium tuna in jars of olive oil if you want to push the boat out, which is delicious, but regular tinned tuna is totally fine too.
  • Pasta – I often use farfalle (pasta bows) for this recipe, but you can use whichever shape you have in or prefer.
  • Sweetcorn – I use no added sugar, canned and drained corn. You can use frozen (and defrosted) if you prefer.
  • Peppers – I use orange or red bell peppers for sweetness, but use whichever you like.
  • Cucumber – You can peel and deseed if you’re that way inclined, but I just chop it up.

For the dressing:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Creme fraiche
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon – Juice only
  • Fresh chives

How to make Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna pasta and vegetables with salad dressing being poured on.

1. Put your pasta on to cook, and in the meantime mix the dressing ingredients until smooth. Drain the pasta and add everything into a large mixing bowl.

Sweetcorn, tuna, pasta, cucumber and peppers with dressing in a bowl.

2. Pour over your dressing and mix everything together well before serving.


  • Vegetables – Use any other vegetables you prefer. Frozen peas are a nice alternative to sweetcorn. Red onion is also a nice addition.

Leftover Tuna Pasta Salad

How long will Tuna Pasta Salad keep in the fridge? This is perfect for cold leftovers. It travels well so is also fantastic for picnics or packed lunches too.

If you are planning to store this, you can keep the dressing separate and then mix it just before serving. It will stay fresher/crispier this way. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

In the freezer I wouldn’t recommend freezing this recipe as it’ll end up soggy when you defrost it.

Top tips for making Tuna Pasta Salad

What to serve with Tuna Pasta Salad

This is a full meal on its own, but if you want to you could double carb with dough balls or garlic bread to make your dish go further. 

Other great quick pasta recipes

My Tortellini ‘Lasagne’ is also ready in about 10 minutes, as is my Prawn Pasta with Creamy Garlic Sauce, my Smoked Salmon Pasta and my Cream Cheese Pasta.

My 15-minute Pesto Pasta Salad, Chicken Pasta Salad and Orzo Pasta Salad recipes are so good too!


Is Tuna Pasta Salad healthy?

Yes, this is a really healthy, filling and nutritious meal. You can make it lower fat with a yoghurt dressing instead, but it’s really not too bad at all as it is.

Is it OK to have this dish warm?

Yes! Just omit the step where you run the pasta under cold water and mix the pasta straight in with the other ingredients after you’ve drained it. It’s delicious either way.

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4.90 from 19 votes

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad {10 Minutes Meal}

This creamy Tuna Pasta Salad recipe with a delicious, easy dressing and colourful veggies makes a delicious 10 minute meal. It's light, healthy and perfect for picnics and packed lunches.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 People


  • 200 g Pasta
  • 220 g Tuna, Drained.
  • 520 g Sweetcorn, Drained (x2 tins).
  • Cucumber, Chopped into small chunks.
  • 2 Red peppers, Deseeded and chopped into cubes.

For the dressing:

  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp Creme fraiche
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Lemon, Juice only.
  • 15 g Fresh chives, Finely chopped.


  • Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
  • Meanwhile, mix the dressing ingredients until smooth.
  • Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water.
  • Mix all of the other ingredients together with the dressing.


Calories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 23gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 744mgFiber: 7gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 2308IUVitamin C: 102mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Had this last night, so quick and easy to make and really delicious!!
    Took leftovers to work for lunch and still had some left, so saving it until tomorrow to have with quiche!


  2. 5 stars
    This was lovely. Easy to make and enjoyed by everyone!…so much so that my daughter requested it for her school packed lunch 🙂