If you’re not a mayo fan, you’ll love this recipe for Tuna Pasta Salad Without Mayo. It’s quick, easy and nourishing, and great for the family. This recipe blends creamy hummus with olives, peppers, feta cheese and tuna.
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We’re a big pasta house.
Pasta is such a great pantry staple, but also, a family-friendly food.
Did you know you can make a tuna salad without mayo? That’s exact;y what we’ve done with this mediterranean tuna pasta salad.
If you have kids, pasta should be one of your go-to quick weeknight meals.
Why We Love Tuna Pasta Salad
I’m not a huge fan of mayo in my pasta salads, though it’s the typical pasta salad ingredient.
I found myself wondering: can you make tuna salad without mayo?
A resounding yes, you can! And, there are so many reasons to love this easy family recipe and mayo less tuna salad!
- No mayo – You’re probably here because you’re not a mayo fan in your pasta salad. This tuna pasta salad without mayo is JUST as flavorful and delicious. We replaced the mayo with hummus for the creamy, mouthfeel, but hummus also offers other nutrition aspects!
- Family Friendly – Use your favorite shaped pasta for this easy and healthy tuna pasta salad. Add in any leftover veggies or rely on your favorites, or even use frozen!
- Ready quickly (15-20 minutes!)– One of my favorite attributes of pasta recipes is the ease in which they are ready. There is minimal prep, which is the case for this recipe as well. Pasta cooks quickly, and while it’s boiling, you can chop your veggies. These types of meals are the best for Wednesday night dinners or Thursday dinner ideas – you know, mid-week to late week when you don’t feel like cooking from scratch.
- Allergen friendly – This pasta salad is egg-free and can be dairy-free if you omit the feta cheese.
Here’s what you’ll need for this tuna pasta salad recipe.
- Pasta of choice (I used Farfalle)
- lemon juice
- cherry tomatoes
- red bell pepper
- feta cheese
Of course, you can customize these ingredients to your personal preferences, or what you have on hand.
For instance, we’ve made this no mayo tuna pasta salad recipe with peas and spinach, and it was also delicious!
How to Make No Mayo Tuna Pasta Salad
When figuring out how to make tuna pasta salad without mayo, it’s as easy as just omitting the mayo.
But, you need a replacement for that mouthfeel that mayo provides, and we’ve used hummus for that.
- Once you decide what type of pasta you’re using, you’ll want to cook it according to directions. I like Farfelle (I used a blend of regular and whole wheat), and cook to al dente.
- Then, you’ll drain your cooked pasta and coat it with your mixed hummus sauce. You’ll add in the chopped vegetables as well.
- Top with tuna and feta cheese and serve your tuna feta pasta salad warm or enjoy cold!
If serving leftovers cold, you may want to add some more oil and/or hummus to prevent this pasta salad from being too dry.
This tuna pasta salad with no mayo will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Yes, you can make this tuna pasta salad ahead of time. Let it cool completely and add your hummus, tuna and veggies. Then, store in an airtight container for 1-2 days. When serving, you may want to add more hummus sauce or oil to prevent it from being overly dry.
You may enjoy some of these other recipes!
- Gluten Free Pasta Salad
- Butternut Squash Salad
- Easy Vegan Couscous Salad
- Sweetpotato Quinoa Fruit Salad
- 16 oz Farfalle pasta (or penne/fusilli) – I like to use a blend of regular and whole wheat
- 1/2 cup hummus
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup halved olives
- ¼ cup artichokes
- ½ cup diced cucumber
- ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1 5 oz can tuna
- ½ cup feta cheese
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- While pasta is cooking, chop your vegetables.
- In a bowl, combine the hummus, lemon juice and water to make hummus sauce. If it is too thick, add water 1 tbsp at a time.
- When pasta is done cooking, drain and let cool. Add cooled pasta to large bowl with hummus sauce. Stir until pasta is coated with sauce.
- Add in chopped vegetables, tuna, feta cheese, and salt and pepper and gently mix.
- Serve warm or cold.
- Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- If reheating or serving as leftovers, add more hummus sauce or oil if it is too dry.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 784mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 11gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g
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