Pesto tuna pasta salad

This pesto tuna pasta salad makes a great packed lunch or picnic treat. So quick and easy to make, just add pesto, tuna chunks, plum tomatoes and cucumber to pasta shapes of your choice.
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips



250g (8oz) pasta shapes
2 tsp pesto
4 tbsp French dressing
120g can tuna chunks with a little sunflower oil
12 baby plum tomatoes, halved
1/3 cucumber, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper





    1. Add the pasta to a pan of boiling water and cook according to packet instructions, until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.


    1. Meanwhile, mix the pesto and French dressing and pour it over the pasta. Break up the tuna chunks and add to the pasta.


    1. Gently stir in the tomatoes, cucumber and seasoning.


    1. Put into 4 small, sealable containers to take on a picnic (or eat straight away, or chill and eat within 2 days).



Nutritional information per portion



fat 16.0g saturates 2.0g calories 413(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.