Summer is finally here! BBQ’s and summer get-together’s are in the air!
Tonight I thought that I would share with you one of my favorite, go-to side dishes — Tuna Pasta Salad…. The best part about this salad is that it can be ready in just ten minutes!
This salad always knows how to get me out of a jam when I come home late from work and have to be somewhere ASAP, and this pasta salad is always there for me when I forget to plan out dinner and need something quick and tasty…. I guess, if salads were besties, this one would be mine!
All you need is:
- 1/2 a bag of Pasta (I prefer small shells for this pasta, but just about any type will do!)
- 1 can of Tuna
- 1/4 cup of chopped Green or Regular Onions (Whichever you have on hand!)
- 1/4 cup of chopped Celery
- 2/3 cup of Mayo
- 6 dashes of Hot Sauce
Step One: The very first thing I do in order to get the ball rolling for this pasta is get my water boiling, and my pasta on.
Step Two: While the pasta is cooking, I take full advantage of the time, and get my veggies (onions and celery), all chopped up and into a big bowl.
Step Three: Next I drain my can of tuna, and then add it to my big bowl.
Step Four: I then throw in my mayo and hot sauce. My favorite mayo to use is Hellman’s because I love “salty”, but any type of mayo will work!
Step Five: As soon as my pasta is soft, I then pour it into a big strainer. I usually let my pasta cook for about 7 minutes, but you can check your packaging for exact timing!
Step Six: I run cold water all over my pasta, and stir it with a spoon while doing so. This really helps it cool down fast…. A great trick for when you are always late like me, or just in a huge hurry!
Step Seven: After your pasta is cool and drained, add it into the big bowl and mix, mix, mix!
Step Eight: Place pasta into your favorite serving dish, garnish with celery leaves, sprinkle with pepper, and enjoy!
Tip: This salad keeps very well if you wanted to make it a day ahead, or eat the yummy leftovers for lunch the next day!