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Garden Veggie Tuna Mac Salad Recipe

Garden veggies will be popping up at midwest farmer’s markets very soon, so I decided to create this Garden Veggie Tuna Mac Salad, a recipe I adapted from one of my mom’s staple summer dinner recipes.

This healthy garden veggie tuna mac salad is loaded with crisp vegetables, lower carb pasta, tuna, and a balsamic vinaigrette (NO MAYO).

This healthy garden veggie tuna mac salad is loaded with crisp vegetables, lower carb pasta, tuna, and a balsamic vinaigrette (NO MAYO).

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. She was so proud of her garden, and with good reason…there was usually a bounty of healthy goodness planted in that raised bed garden! She would use the fresh vegetables to create bright, healthy, delicious, and budget-friendly dinners. Mom made her tuna mac salad with a mayonnaise based dressing, which I loved! That creamy texture was pure comfort food to me.

For this recipe, I wanted to keep the calories and fat down a bit, so I made a light, lemon pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette dressing instead. It created a tangy, sweet, and delicious dinner. I used Dreamfield’s elbow macaroni, which is a bit lower in carbohydrates than traditional enriched pastas are, and I used water-packed tuna fish to keep the calories and fat in check.

This entire dinner 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!

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

Garden Veggie Tuna Mac from ItsYummi.com

Garden Veggie Tuna Mac Salad

Garden Veggie Tuna Mac Salad from ItsYummi.com

Garden Veggie Tuna Mac

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!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 -4
Calories 41 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 76mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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For more healthy garden produce recipes, check out these posts. I think you’ll love them!

Healthy Grilled Romaine Salad with Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing

Patriotic Quinoa Fruit Salad Recipe

Low Carb Cucumber Salad Recipe

Holiday Traditions with a Recipe for Fireworks Orzo Salad

Eat well and be well, my friends!

This healthy garden veggie tuna mac salad is loaded with crisp vegetables, lower carb pasta, tuna, and a balsamic vinaigrette (NO MAYO).

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24 Comments

  1. 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

    1. 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)

    1. 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. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. Hi Becca, I would love to try the pamegranate balsamic, can you hook me up with your husband website shop. Can’t wait to tast this tuna saled?

      2. Hi Castella!
        I’m excited that you want to try this tuna mac salad recipe. Unfortunately, my husband no longer sells Pampered Chef, but I found a brand of pomegranate balsamic vinegar that I love. Here’s the link to buy it online: http://amzn.to/2wXYVyf.

  3. 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.

    1. 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!

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