This tuna pasta salad adds capers and black olives for a delicious Mediterranean twist!
It makes a lovely side dish or a perfect lunch.
I don't make this cold tuna pasta salad often, because when I do, I can't control myself.
It is soooo good that I keep eating and eating it. It is a perfect side dish to your summer dinner parties, or it can stand alone as a meal.
Either way, if you make this, you will be going for seconds!
Mediterranean tuna pasta salad video
For this Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad, you will need the following ingredients:
- Rotini Pasta- you can substitute for shells, fusilli, or elbow
- Onion- red, white, or yellow
- Canned Tuna, drained- I prefer the tuna packed in olive oil
- Non-pareil Capers
- Boiled Eggs
- Kalamata Olives
- Mayonnaise- do not use low fat
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Use Non-Pareil Capers
It is important to use good quality olives and capers. They will make or break this dish.
I like the tiny Mezzetta non-pareil capers.
They are easily found at all of my local grocery stores.
It is a matter of personal preference, but I have found some very strong, larger capers that have been too overpowering and have ruined my dishes.
I also slice the olives in half so they don't take over the dish.
What are non-pareil capers, you might ask? Non-pareil capers are the smallest of capers that are the best in flavor and texture.
They have the perfect balance of acidity and salt. The larger sizes can be more tart and tough.
What is the difference between rotini and fusilli Pasta?
For this salad, I use rotini pasta. Rotini pasta is perfect because all the little chunks of onion, egg, capers, olives, and tuna get trapped in the spirals.
This ensures every bite is full of delicious flavor. However you can substitute pasta shells, or fusilli if you would rather.
Both of those pastas would accomplish the same effect.
Rotini and fusilli pasta look very similar. Often times they can be mislabeled at the grocery stores.
Fusilli is made as hollow tubes of pasta that are twisted into springs or corkscrews.
Rotini is a flat pasta that is twisted. I prefer rotini because of its texture.
How long does tuna pasta salad last?
If you store the tuna pasta in an air sealed container, the tuna pasta salad will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
It is perfect to make for busy weekdays because you can make it in advance and pull it out when you are ready to eat.
It is also great for parties and cookouts, because you can make it ahead of time.
What can you serve with pasta salad?
This pasta salad is great by itself. However, if you are looking for some side ideas to go with it try melon, cantaloupe, fruit salad, soup, finger sandwiches, vegetables, or a vegetable salad.
Like this recipe? Then you are sure to like these also! Check out the following:
- Shrimp Pasta Salad
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Mediterranean Beet Salad
- Marinated Olives and Cheese Ring
- Greek Black Eye Pea Salad
- Spanish Orzo Salad
Please leave me a comment below if you make this tuna pasta salad, tell me what you thought about it. I would love to hear back, and so would my readers.
Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad
- 16 oz rotini
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 6.8 oz canned tuna drained
- 2.2 oz capers non-pareil
- 3 eggs chopped
- 5 oz kalamata olives cut in half
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Cook rotini pasta according to directions.
- Rinse and cool noodles.
- Add 1 cup chopped onion, 6.8oz canned tuna drained, 2.2oz capers drained, 3 chopped boiled eggs, 5oz kalamata olives sliced in half, ¾ cup mayonnaise, and salt and pepper to taste.
- I like to add in a teaspoon of crushed red pepper, but you can omit this if you do not like spicy food.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate before serving.