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Tuna Pasta Salad with Spinach and Radishes

January 10, 2011


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.

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  • I love the combination of veggies that you used – radishes and snap peas are two of my favorites! Yum. This sounds and looks delicious.

  • This looks really darn tasty. And don’t you think radishes are the prettiest? I mean, what other vegetable is out there, chillin’ in majenta?

    P.S. Somehow I’m not burnt out on sweets from the holidays. It’s troublesome.

  • True story, I used to ONLY eat tuna noodle pasta salad for lunches. I would make a huge bowl and I take it for lunch everyday :) This recipe looks delicious, I may have to bring back my obsession (only not everyday)…thanks Joy!

  • I love everything except tuna, I would use shredded chicken and it would be fabulous for my taste. Great combo of everything. PS- have you ever had roasted radishes? I discovered those recently and they are amazing! I have a few recipes on my diet blog…they get rave reveiws!

  • I love the savory! It gives me something to make for supper tonight, because I’m currently on quite the supper slump. Thanks, Joy!

  • I’m with you on the tuna salad! I made a tuna melt on cibatta yesterday, with lots of melted provolone. It was delish!

  • I, for one, am STILL burnt out on sweets after the holidays. My waistline greatly appreciates your savory dishes!

  • Your non-euphemism was one of the best I’ve heard in a while! Thanks for the gut-buster in the middle of a mediocre Monday work morning. Also, how does one make her entres into eating radishes? I’m sort of terrified, and I don’t really like salads. Help please!

  • my mom used to make this for us all the time when we were kids. sometimes she used chicken or added boiled eggs. yum!

  • This sounds devine! I have lost my interest in Tuna (unless it comes wrapped in rice and nori) due to a few too many tuna sandiwches growing up over the years. And casserole tuna just could not cut it with a high distaste for casserole. This however sounds lovely!!
    I think it might be a lunch for the office this week!
    Accompanied of course by a travel tooth bursh and paste. ; )

  • It is unusual to see you making savory things, but I’m definitely enjoying your little hiatus. This pasta salad looks delicious as well!

  • my friend and i have a theory that you’re saving all the best baking recipes for your book! confirm or deny?!

  • I adore radishes, tuna, and spinach. A radish sandwich on white bread with good mayonnaise is about my favorite food ever. Weird? Yeah….
    cathy b.

  • You just gotta go with your tuna cravings!

  • I was wondering about the shift towards the savory side of life. No complaints here though, it’s making my detox week slightlyyy easier. I’m getting to the point where salad and soup looks like a more appealing lunch than sugar and butter. Now, a good tuna past salad is looking right up my alley right about now.
    PS just accept the grocery store thing, it happens when you’re a fox. I’ve always imagined meating my Mr. Perfect over some sort of food encounter…yours might happen to be selecting radishes.

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