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Tuna and Green Bean Pasta Salad (+ Video)

This green bean, potato, and tomato packed Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. It’s healthy and super nutritious, it’s light but filling at the same time, and it’s so delicious you will rush to thank me after tasting it. A perfect summer dinner!

This Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. Featuring green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes, it's nutritious, light but filling, and full of flavor! | yummyaddiction.com

With summer approaching, I am in search for light, easy dinner recipes. You don’t want anything too heavy when it’s scorching outside. Usually, that’s something featuring lots of veggies and fish or lean meat such as chicken or turkey. That’s my idea of a light dinner.

I mean, the fact that a dinner is light shouldn’t mean that it’s not filling. Right? The key is the right combination of protein, fats, and carbs and your stomach will feel full but not stuffed or uncomfortable at the same time. In other words, our aim is to feel full in a good way.

Salad is one of the best things to enjoy during summer. Fresh full-of-flavor veggies and fruit are rare nowadays with supermarkets stocking their shelves with “plastic” goods so use your chance and raid farmers’ markets at this time of the year.

This Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. Featuring green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes, it's nutritious, light but filling, and full of flavor! | yummyaddiction.com

However, if I just mix various veggies and eat them my stomach is always asking for more. It’s just not enough for me. Veggies are great but you would really need A LOT of them to fill you up. Unless you throw a few avocados inside. Packed with good fats, these guys are filling as hell!

While I do love avocados, I’m also a carnivore so I want my salads to have at least some meat, fish, or seafood. Canned tuna is one of my go-tos for making salads more filling. It’s relatively cheap and requires no effort whatsoever. Just open a can and put tuna in your salad. No cooking, no cleaning, easy peasy!

If I want to take my salad a notch higher on the fullness scale, I add some pasta. My hubby wouldn’t eat a salad without it or he would need three bowlfuls, ha ha!

For more pasta salads, check out this Seafood Pasta Salad with imitation crabmeat and shrimp or this light and refreshing Broccoli Cranberry Pasta Salad with prosciutto!

Ok, Tuna Pasta Salad sounds great but now we need a fresh and awesome combination of veggies. This time I went with green beans (lots of them), potatoes, tomatoes and my favorite basil (it’s 3 times cheaper here in Tenerife than in Lithuania)! Oh, and parsley is also here.

This Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. Featuring green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes, it's nutritious, light but filling, and full of flavor! | yummyaddiction.com

Why Green Beans Are Good For You?

I will be frank with you. I don’t eat nearly enough of these green guys. That’s too bad because green beans are packed with good stuff! They are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K + folic acid and fiber.

Green bean pods are low in calories (one cup has about 31) so it’s a perfect food if you want to maintain a healthy weight. They are also good for your heart, bone health, and help fight depression!

My hubby loves that green beans contain protein so they are beneficial for muscle growth. I somehow need to set a reminder in my head to eat them more often!

This Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. Featuring green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes, it's nutritious, light but filling, and full of flavor! | yummyaddiction.com

This Tuna Pasta Salad is seriously great, guys. One of the best salads I had lately. Not only the combo of veggies, tuna, and pasta is great in this one but the lemon and garlic dressing is awesome too!

I had high expectations of this salad and it didn’t disappoint. Why high? Well, the recipe is adapted from one of my most favorite books ever – Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis. All the recipes I made from it were a success. Not a single fail so far! Can’t recommend it enough.

To sum up, this Tuna Pasta Salad makes a great light but at the same time filling summer dinner. Healthy, refreshing, and super delicious, it’s guaranteed to make you happy! This Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. Featuring green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes, it's nutritious, light but filling, and full of flavor! | yummyaddiction.com

Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe Video:

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This Tuna Pasta Salad ticks all the boxes. Featuring green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes, it's nutritious, light but filling, and full of flavor! | yummyaddiction.com
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Tuna and Green Bean Pasta Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

This Tuna Pasta Salad is light but filling, nutritious, and crazy delicious. It makes a perfect summer dinner!

Servings: 6 people
Calories: 417 kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (450g) green beans , trimmed and cut into pieces
  • 2 large potatoes , diced
  • 1/2 lb (225g) tricolor pasta , or any other short pasta you like
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 9 oz. (250g) canned tuna , drained
Instructions
  1. Cook the green beans in a large pot of salted water for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and set aside.

  2. In the same pot, add the potatoes and cook for about 8-10 minutes until they are tender but still hold their shape. Drain and set aside.

  3. In the same pot, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

  4. In a small bowl, add the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.

  5. Place the tomatoes, basil, and parsley in a large bowl. Add the tuna. Add the cooked green beans, potatoes, and pasta. Pour the dressing over and toss well. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis

Nutrition Facts
Tuna and Green Bean Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.5g 21%
Cholesterol 15.3mg 5%
Sodium 318mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 58.9g 20%
Sugars 6.4g
Protein 17.9g 36%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 84%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen Burns-Booth
    May 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Beautifully photographed and a lovely summery salad that we would all love here!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Thank you, Karen!

  • Reply
    Cricket Plunkett
    May 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    My grandma made something similar growing up, but her’s didn’t have all the veggies! Can’t wait to try your version!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 11:44 am

      You will love it!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    May 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    This recipe shows just how versatile tuna is. This looks like it should be a must at any picnic this summer.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Yup, tuna rocks!

  • Reply
    Heather
    May 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I never thought to put grean beans in a pasta salad, this looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Right? I tried such a combo the first time myself!

  • Reply
    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    May 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I love Giada’s recipes – this one looks fabulous! Perfect for summer!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Giada is the best 😛

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    Strength and Sunshine
    May 29, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I just love a good pasta salad and tuna is favorite too!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Then you will love this one!

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    May 30, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Wow this looks delicious and it is so easy too!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

      You have to try it, Sam!

  • Reply
    Chef Mireille
    May 30, 2017 at 3:05 am

    perfect one pot dish and a nice light option for the season

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      That’s right! A great summer dinner 😉

  • Reply
    Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
    May 30, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I am ready for summer and I’m ready for great salads! This looks like a winner and one I must try!

    • Reply
      Jovita
      May 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      It surely is a winner, Kathy!

  • Reply
    Bintu (@recipespantry)
    May 30, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Green beans are so good for you! Love this recipe packed full of protein from the tuna

    • Reply
      Jovita
      June 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Yup, green beans are nutritious as hell!

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