Tuna Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Sundried Tomatoes

My husband requested pasta today and I of course wanted to oblige.. But with the weather so oppressive of late, I wasn’t in the mood for something heavy. So I came up with this beautiful pasta salad instead. Although my younger daughter groaned when I added the tuna, one taste and she couldn’t keep her hands out of the bowl. Me neither; it is delicious.

Serves 8.

SODIUM CONTENT: 76.8 mg per serving


1 lb. cooked ziti
1 c. sundried tomatoes, drained
2 c. hot water
5 c. fresh broccoli florets
2 6.5-oz. cans no-salt-added solid white tuna, drained (available in many supermarkets nationwide and online at healthyheartmarket.com)
1 shallot, finely diced
4 T. olive oil
4 T. balsamic vinegar
1 t. freshly ground black pepper


Place sundried tomatoes in a bowl, add hot water and soak 15-20 minutes. Drain water and chop tomatoes roughly. Combine ziti, tomatoes, broccoli, tuna and shallot in a very large bowl and stir to combine. Add oil, vinegar and pepper and mix well. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container and refrigerate until serving. Tastes great warm or cool.

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4 Responses to Tuna Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Sundried Tomatoes

  1. Elena says:

    I have some cooked salmon, would this work with this recipe? I want to make a chilled pasta salad with similiar ingredients, suggested veggies? I am going to a bbq party tmw, trying to make use of what I have in my fridge!

    • Christy says:

      Hi Elena! Sorry to get this so late – hope the party was a blast. Cooked salmon would def work well here and would add another dimension to the dish. It’s also great with roasted asparagus.

  2. Nikki says:

    I could not find sun-dried tomatoes at our local supermarket. In haste I ended up buying dehydrated tomatoes. By any chance could these serve as a substitute?

    • Christy says:

      Nikki, they should work fine. If they’re too dry, you can reconstitute them a bit by soaking briefly in hot water. As long as they’re pleasantly chewy, without being unpleasant to consume, they should be great. You can also use fresh halved grape or cherry tomatoes too.

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