Tuna Pasta Salad w/ Avocado

By Fruits & Veggies - More Matters
This cornucopia of flavors transforms a regular tuna salad into more than just a meal. If you love avocados, you'll enjoy this refined mix of textures and tastes that'll just melt in your mouth. A delicate blend of black olives, garlic and fresh basil offers an experienc

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes


Serves: 4
Cups of Fruits & Vegetables per Serving: 1/2
Think Variety; Think Color: Red, White, Green


2 cups pasta shells
1/4 cup bottled fat-free Italian dressing
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoons red pepper flakes, crushed
1 6-oz. can water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
3/4 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 ripe avocado, diced
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons black olives, chopped
4 green leaf lettuce leaves


In a large saucepan, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain, then rinse briefly under cold water. Drain. 

In a small bowl, combine the Italian dressing, basil, garlic, and crushed red pepper. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, tuna, tomato, avocado, red onion, and olives. Add the dressing and toss until evenly coated. Line plates with the lettuce leaves and spoon the salad on top.

Each serving provides: An excellent source of vitamin A, folate, and a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fiber.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories:    295
  • Carbohydrates:    41g
  • Total Fat:    6.4g
  • Cholesterol:    18mg
  • Saturated Fat:   1.1g
  • Dietary Fiber:    5g
  • % of Calories from Fat:    19%
  • Sodium:    363 mg
  • Protein:    18g
  • Recipe Credit
  • Recipe courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). This recipe meets PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.



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