Tuna Pasta Salad with Spinach and Radishes


Clearly I’ve lost my mind.

For the life of me… I just can’t make a batch of cookies come out of my oven.

That’s not a euphemism .  If it were… it would be a gross one.

I hope you can bear with me through this savory time.

I dunno.  I just need spinach…. and tuna is pretty nice… and while we’re sitting around talking about nice things, I’d also really like a beer, nap and a fashionable pantsuit.



I’ve been such a regular in the grocery store  produce section this week that the produce dude has started to flirt with me.

At least… I think that’s what he’s trying to do.  I usually flash a shy smile and rush off to the butter section where I can be left alone.

Except… wait!  Just two days ago some dude was trying to chat me up about butter (yea, right) while I was standing there spacing out.  I space out a lot in the grocery store.

Maybe the egg section is safer for me.  Maybe I should stop wearing lip gloss at the grocery store.  Maybe I should wear more pantsuits.


Tuna Pasta Salad with Spinach and Radishes

makes four small servings

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2 cups lightly packed spinach leaves

1/2 cup slices radishes

1/3 cup sliced green onions

1/3 cup sliced pickles  (I used cornichones)

1 can tuna in water, drained

1 cup sliced sugar snap peas (you could also use blanched green beans or asparagus)

1 1/2 cup whole wheat elbow pasta, cooked

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 heaping teaspoon whole grain mustard

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar and black pepper.  Set aside.

Cook up pasta, drain and rinse in cool water.  Chop radishes, green onions, pickles and snap peas.  Drain and crumble tuna.

This is totally easy, right?

Toss together the pasta, tuna, vegetables and sauce.  Taste and add salt if necessary.  This recipe is also delicious with small chunks of cheddar cheese.

When ready to serve, toss the spinach into the pasta salad and enjoy…. do it.

122 thoughts on “Tuna Pasta Salad with Spinach and Radishes

  1. That first picture looks more delicious than life. I’m kinda craving it an inappropriate amount. I hear ya’, Joy… sometimes a girl wants spinach and pasta.

  2. Oooh this looks like one of those fancy on the outside simple on the inside type recipes that are not only delicious but perfect as a prop to describe yourself in a facebook survey. ” You know I think of myself as a tuna pasta salad…. but with spinach and radishes ifyaknowwhatImean….”

  3. When I was a kid I was weird and LOVED tuna salad. Well, tuna anything actually. Now I’m not a huge fan (since I used to eat so much) but am willing to make something tuna again. Here it goes!!

  4. lol at Michelle. No guy is going to follow girls in there.

    Love the ingredients in these, when I was little and grew up on a hobby farm, I used to eat radishes just dug up and brushed off a bit. I was a hippy kid I guess! This looks spicy and creamy which is an excellent combo IMO.

  5. Oh, WHOA! This was sooooo good – even though I had to use regular elbow pasta, not the whole wheat… and I couldn’t get fresh asparagus or green beans. I used some frozen green beans. But the pickles and radish and mustard really kicked this TERRIFIC recipe outta the park!! Joy, you are so amazing! This was sooo good! Thank you!

  6. I see nothing wrong with a little flirting in the supermarket :-)
    If for nothing else, it can give you a nice little ego boost (which we could all use every once in a while…)!

    1. Michelle… and Nicki Woo, too, (below)… you gals both made me laugh!

      Joy… this looks fantastic… especially when all of the ingredients are growing in the garden… a place where you can get your produce without anyone trying to chat you up.

  7. It is unusual that Joy the Baker is whipping up tuna pasta salad, but it looks absolutely delicious nonetheless! :)

    Even the best of us go through cookie baking slumps every once in a while.

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