Chances are that you already have the ingredients in your pantry for this main dish salad adapted from The Simple Art of EatingWell: 400 Easy Recipes, Tips and Techniques for Delicious, Healthy Meals (EatingWell).
The original recipe calls for fresh basil and chives, but as it’s the middle of winter in Michigan I made do with what I had.
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- tw0 cans (5-6 oz each) of water-packed tuna
- 1/2 cup diced jarred roasted red bell peppers
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1/4 cup black olives (chopped)
- 2 Tbsp capers
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 12 ounces pasta
Combine all ingredients except pasta and let sit while flavors blend. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and mix the tuna mixture with the pasta.
I used huge pasta shape because that’s what I had, but I think the smaller macaroni would have worked better. Regardless, it was tasty and super fast to put together.
Nutrition info: 301 calories, 6 g fat, 16 g protein in 1 1/3 cup.