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Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad With Greek Yogurt

by Aggies Kitchen on March 6, 2013

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I have always had a habit of finding ways to “healthy up” recipes that catch my eye. For the most part, I’m successful in my attempts – though I wish I could say that success carries over to my baking adventures. As much as I would like to think there are ways to healthy up certain baked goods, I think it’s safe to agree that some desserts are best left alone to enjoy as they were meant to me (in moderation of course).

My friend Julie posted this tuna pasta salad recipe way back in 2011 and I remember having an instant craving for it when I saw it. Since she first posted it, I’ve actually made it several times – but with a few changes based on what I normally have in my fridge and pantry that makes it a little extra nutritious and perfect for a go-to lunch or dinner pasta salad that can carry you over a couple of days. Pasta salads are so good like that aren’t they?

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I enjoyed this whole grain pasta salad over lettuce leaves and sliced tomato for a few lunches in a row. It’s full of good protein and fiber that leave you feeling full (in a good way) and it keeps really well in the fridge making it a good option for days you don’t really have the time to put into making a meal. I always like to toss it with a splash of vinegar or squeeze of lemon the next day to freshen it up. I love using Greek yogurt as a healthy swap in any creamy salad that typically uses mayo- if you haven’t tried it yet I encourage you to give it a try. Check out recipes like these Tangy Tuna Salad Wraps and my friend Liz’s Curried Chicken Salad with Apples for a little extra inspiration.

 Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad with Greek Yogurt | Aggie's Kitchen

Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad With Greek Yogurt

A healthy combinations of whole grains and protein make this pasta salad hearty and filling - but so good for you. Recipe was inspired and adapted from my friend Julie of The Little Kitchen's Tuna Pasta Salad with Celery and Egg

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of 13 oz package of whole wheat rotini (or pasta of your choice)
  • 2 cans light tuna, drained and flaked
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped (include celery leaves for more flavor)
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon light mayo (optional, can use more Greek yogurt instead)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (I use a no salt added seasoning, check yours and adjust your additional salt)
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • couple of splashes of apple cider vinegar (I measured a cap full)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare your pasta according to directions. When cooked through, drain and set aside to cool.
  2. To a large bowl add tuna, hard boiled eggs and celery.
  3. Prepare your "dressing" by combining Greek yogurt, mayo, mustard, lemon pepper, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.
  4. Add your cooled pasta to large bowl along with your dressing. Gently stir to combine. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust.

Notes

Serve your pasta salad over lettuce and sliced tomato for a healthy lunch or dinner.

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JulieD March 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

I love this!!! Now you have me craving this again!! I think I have everything I need too!!

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

Oh my gosh I am so craving this right now!!! What a delicious and comforting dish!!!! Thanks for the shout out to my chicken salad. xo

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Sara March 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

Can you believe I’ve never made tuna salad with Greek yogurt…yet, I adore Greek yogurt!? This looks fabulous. Can’t wait to make it.

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Erica March 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

Agree! You can lighten baked goods a bit, but too much? Ick! I wish i enjoyed fish!!

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bellini March 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I really enjoy pasta salads in the summer months. Tuna and yogurt would both be favourites.

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Cookin Canuck March 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

If this was sitting in my fridge, I would have to take a forkful or two every time I passed by the fridge. It looks so good, Aggie!

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I love these tuna recipes!!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I am addicted to Greek yogurt. ADDICTED.

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Vicki Azzopard July 4, 2013 at 6:04 am

Me too

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots March 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I just love a good tuna salad. I can’t seem to persuade my husband, but I certainly don’t mind gobbling all of this up!

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Sheila March 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

MMM I love tuna salad. So do my kids! I think I need to give yours a try. I always use miracle whip in mine…egads I know! I think greek yogurt, which I always have in my fridge, is a great idea!!

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Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily March 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

This sounds wonderful, I can see why you craved it as soon as you saw it. On next weeks dinner menu! ;)

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Jen @ Savory Simple March 7, 2013 at 8:22 am

I love that you’ve used greek yogurt!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day March 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

I love it!! I usually eat tuna salad on a bed of quinoa and wilted greens. Next time will try as a pasta salad!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food March 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

I’m slapping my head… why have i never thought to do this? Great idea! The whole dish looks delicious (I’m a big tuna salad and tuna casserole fan, so this is up my alley)

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Kim | At Home With Kim March 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

Pasta is one of my favorite things to eat and I LOVE pasta salad. I’m pinning this to make soon — loving the use of Greek Yogurt in lieu of mayo. This will be for lunch asap!

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Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

Aggie,
I love tuna salad, and used a bit of greek yogurt last week when the mayo was out–it was delicious.
Your pasta salad looks so yummy that I’ll be trying this one out with the whole family.
Thanks!

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Paula - bell'alimento March 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

This is such comfort food to me (wish my hubs felt the same : )

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Shanna@ pineapple and coconut March 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I love this!! I am a huge fan of adding greek yogurt into salads in place of mayo! Healthier and more protein – win win!! I totally “healthy” up recipes too – this is why I have been a long time fan of your blog – you totally make my kind of recipes!!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I love pasta salad and my husband loves tuna! I wonder if I can convert him into a pasta salad lover with this recipe!? yum!

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Jersey Girl Cooks March 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I love tuna pasta salad. I have never tried yogurt in it but will try this recipe soon.

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 9, 2013 at 12:29 am

Oh yum!!! I was just craving tuna salad the other day. Love that you lightened it up with greek yogurt! :)

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Bree {Skinny Mommy} March 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

I just made a tuna melt with greek yogurt but I never thought of a pasta salad. I will for sure have to try that. Thanks!

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leslie March 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I agree..baked goods should just be left alone. But there is always a way to lighten up savory dishes! I love love love tuna pasta! This looks right up my alley Aggie

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 11, 2013 at 2:13 am

I don’t enjoy mayo so this is a perfect meal for me! Yum :)

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Kristi Rimkus March 11, 2013 at 11:52 pm

This looks great. I don’t often think to use tuna, but I can see I’m missing out.

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Jessie March 14, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I made this for my packed lunch. 3 days of healthy food, thanks.

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Sarah May 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Omg. This looks amazing! I am always looking for new lunch recipes. I follow weight watchers so I now I can plug in the nutritional info in and figure that out but I do need to know how many servings ? And is each serving one cup? Thank you!!!!!!

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Aggies Kitchen May 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hi there! This makes a great lunch to have in fridge!! I didn’t measure out portions, but I would say calculate as 3 or 4 servings. It was a very filling meal thanks to the fiber & protein. Serving on a bed of (free!) lettuce & tomato would give you some more veggies too. :)
Let me know if you try it!

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Sarah May 6, 2013 at 2:27 am

Hello I follow weight watchers. Could you tell me how big a serving size is?

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