Ditch the mayo and serve this Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette at your next backyard barbecue or picnic. A lightened-up classic is always a surefire winner!
Tuna pasta salad is a classic potluck option for summer backyard barbecues. And I never lose my love for it!
When I was a kid, I was a sucker for my mum’s pasta salad, made with salmon, capers and a mayo dressing. Salmon or tuna still fit the bill, but these days I’m partial to an easy vinaigrette dressing, such as the lemon one in this recipe. If you’ve tried my Primavera Pasta Salad with Shrimp, you know that the dressing is simple to make and has just the right amount of tang.
Thanks to my mum’s influence I’ve always added capers to salmon or tuna salad, as well as tuna pasta salad recipes. There’s something about that briny flavor that makes all of the other flavors pop. If you’re not a caper fan, try roasted peppers and pepperoncini, like in my Healthy Tuna Salad recipe.
Put this salad together up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it. I recommend adding in the basil at the last minute to stop it from browning.