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Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad

This Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad with Pineapple is one of my favorite lunches to make when I need to throw something together quickly from the pantry. Aldente penne noodles are tossed with flaked tuna, pineapple, crunchy celery, and creamy American cheese. Everything is then tossed in a super light mayo-based dressing that won't weigh you down.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad, tuna pasta salad, tropical pasta salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 medium portions, four large
Calories 491 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 3/4 lb penne pasta
  • 20 oz can pineapple chunks in 100% juice
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch freshly cracked black pepper
  • 12 oz canned tuna, drained
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 8 oz block American cheese (from the butcher counter), cut into cubes


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt. It should taste as salty as the sea. Add pasta and cook until aldente.

  2. While the pasta cooks, whisk mayo, 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice, salt, and pepper together.

  3. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and cool under cold water. When the pasta is cool, add to the dressing along with the pineapple, tuna, celery, and red onion. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 1303mg57%
Potassium 381mg11%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 457IU9%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 429mg43%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.