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 SaladServings: 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.