Mediterranean Elbow Pasta Salad Recipe

Mediterranean Elbow Pasta Salad Recipe
Celebrate Mediterranean Diet Month with this simple and refreshing elbow pasta salad. Just add tuna, olives, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese to complete this easy-to-make, flavorful seafood pasta salad. 

If you're looking to add more protein to your diet, explore a similar recipe for a protein packed tuna pasta salad. For tips on how to grocery-shop for Mediterranean diet-friendly foods, check out Oldways’ Mediterranean Pantry Guide. Find more Mediterranean Diet-friendly recipes and pasta salads recipes, in our Passion for Pasta collection.

Mediterranean Elbow Macaroni Pasta Salad

Servings: 4
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 10 minutes

1 box elbows pasta
1 ½ cup cherry tomato, halved
1 ½ cup black olives (may substitute for Kalamata Olives)
4 ounces tuna in olive oil, drained
¾ cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt-packed caper, soaked excess salt removed

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta elbows according to box instructions.
2. Drain and drizzle pasta with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
3. Combine cherry tomatoes, olives, tuna, cheese, capers, basil, salt, pepper and remaining oil.
4. Marinate for 2 hours.
5. Toss elbow pasta and marinated ingredients in a large bowl.

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