Pasta, Tuna & Roasted Pepper Salad

Pasta, Tuna & Roasted Pepper Salad

The secret to this delicious pasta salad is a creamy low-fat dressing made with bottled roasted red peppers. If you have cooked chicken on hand, you can substitute it for the tuna.

From EatingWell: July/August 1998, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)
Yield: 4 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 30


  1. 1 6-ounce can chunk light tuna in water, drained (see Note)
  2. 1 7-ounce jar roasted red peppers, rinsed and sliced (2/3 cup), divided
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion or scallions
  4. 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, coarsely chopped if large
  5. 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  6. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  7. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  9. 1 small clove garlic, crushed and peeled
  10. 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  11. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  12. 6 ounces whole-wheat penne or rigatoni, (1 3/4 cups)


  1. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil.
  2. Combine tuna, 1/3 cup red peppers, onion (or scallions) and capers in a large bowl.
  3. Combine yogurt, basil, oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and the remaining 1/3 cup red peppers in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
  4. Cook pasta until just tender, 10 to 14 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Add to the tuna mixture along with the red pepper sauce; toss to coat.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.


Nutrition Per Serving: 270 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 13 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 6 g fiber; 539 mg sodium; 234 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value), Fiber (23% dv), Magnesium (19% dv).

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 very lean meat