Garden Veggie Tuna Mac Salad Recipe

With fresh produce rolling into season just around the corner, I decided to create this Garden Veggie Tuna Mac Salad, a recipe I’ve adapted from one of my mom’s staple dinners during the summer.

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When my mom made tuna mac salad (and she made it a lot), she’d add in whatever fresh veggies she had on hand from her garden at the time. My mom was so proud of her garden, and with good reason…there was usually a bounty of goodness planted in that raised bed! She’d use the veggies to create bright, healthy, delicious, and budget-friendly dinners. Mom used to load her tuna mac salad up with a mayonnaise based dressing, but I wanted to keep the calories and fat down a bit in mine, so I made a light lemon pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette dressing instead. It created a tangy, sweet, and delicious dinner. I used Dreamfield’s low carb pasta and water-packed tuna fish to keep the calories and sugars in check. It comes together in about 15 minutes. You really can’t ask for an easier weeknight meal, especially during the warm weather months, when the last thing you’ll want to be doing is standing over a hot stove making dinner!

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Are you hungry yet? I think it’s time to cook! Grab your apron and I’ll meet you in the kitchen!

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Garden Veggie Tuna Mac Salad

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Crisp garden vegetables, low carb elbow macaroni, and water packed tuna fish come together to create a quick, easy, and delicious meal that can be on your table in less than 20 minutes!
  • 4 ounces (dry) elbow macaroni (I use Dreamfield's low carb pasta)
  • 6 ounces canned tuna( packed in water), drained
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • 1/2 cup julienne cut carrots
  • 2 small bell peppers (any color or variety), diced small
  • 1 medium yellow or red onion, diced small

  • Vinaigrette Dressing
  • juice of medium lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate balsamic vinegar (or other fruit flavored balsamic)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  1. Cook pasta to al dente per package instructions, making sure to salt the water well after it comes to a boil (it should taste salty like sea water). Drain water and transfer pasta to large mixing bowl. Add drained tuna and all veggies and stir to combine.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add all ingredients for vinaigrette dressing. Use a whisk to combine. Pour over vegetables and tuna and stir to combine. Cover bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve.


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  1. says

    What a great summer recipe, and that vinaigrette with the pomegranate balsamic vinegar sounds amazing! What a gorgeous recipe, love all the veggies! Yum, hugs, Terra

    • says

      LOL! Watch that mind blowing stuff, Dave… it can be dangerous. Oh, and it makes for messy kitchens 😉
      I get my pomegranate balsamic from my husband’s Pampered Chef business. It’s crazy good, so I have a steady supply of it in my pantry! Let me know if you’d like to order a bottle (or 7)

    • says

      Thanks, Mary Ellen! Yeah, those hot tuna casseroles with the condensed soup can be really heavy and gross. This is a cold, light, refreshing tuna salad, perfect for the warm weather months!

  2. says

    I only use Dreamfields pasta also when we do eat it. Grumpy was diagnosed with Diabetes a couple of years ago so I try to keep the carbs and sugars down when I am cooking for him. I’ll have to try your dressing out!

    • says

      Oh my gosh, Jen… you NEED this pomegranate balsamic in your life! I buy it from my husband’s Pampered Chef business, and I love how versatile it is. Most balsamic vinegar is heavy and bitter, but this stuff is AMAZING! Let me know if you’d like to buy a bottle and I’ll hook you up with his website shop.

  3. Karen @BakingInATornado says

    There’s nothing I love more than quick, delicious and nutritious. I have everything for this dish on hand at all times, so I’ll add it in to my go-to dishes for a busy day.

    • says

      I’m glad you stopped by, Karen! I absolutely love when I’m perusing recipe posts and find one that I love, THEN learn that I have everything I need on hand to make it right away!


  1. […] It’s pretty much a known fact that I love tuna fish. It was a staple in the Heflin household when I was growing up and let me tell ya, my mom could whip up a mean tuna casserole! Hot or cold casseroles didn’t matter, they were both seriously delicious! I took one of my mom’s calorie laden tuna recipes for a healthy spin around the table last year, when I developed a recipe for garden veggie tuna mac. […]

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