Summertime Favourite: Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Summertime is all about BBQ’s, cookouts, picnics and easy meals made with delicious ingredients.  This Classic Tuna Pasta Salad is one that my grandmother made all the time.  Whether it was a potluck or BBQ she was invited to she made this classic dish to rave reviews.  She always told me that she used to make the dressing herself but once she found Kraft Coleslaw Dressing she never went back to making it from scratch again.  The “new” classic is a family favourite and the perfect side dish for your favourite BBQ.

classic tuna pasta salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad
Author: Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel
Recipe type: Salad
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4
A delicious and easy classic pasta salad perfect for summer picnics and BBQs
  1. Place pasta, celery and tuna in a bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Pour salad dressing over mixture and stir until evenly coated.
  3. Place in the fridge for 30 mins (up until overnight).
  4. Toss before serving.

Classic Pasta Salad Ingredients

Just four simple ingredients, quick to make and easy to make ahead for summer picnics and BBQs – and in my opinion it tastes better on the second day.

classic tuna pasta salad

Looking for more great salad recipes?  Check out these amazing salad recipes – perfect for summer!  Avocado, Tomato, Kale and Onion Salad , Celery Apple Salad, BLT Pasta Salad, Watermelon and Feta Salad, Taco Salad in a Bag, and Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad. 


  1. This looks super yummy Kerrie! Going to have to try this one myself!!!!!
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  2. I always made mine with mayo, I’m going to try it with coleslaw next time. Great idea!
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  3. Oooh what a good idea to use Coleslaw dressing!
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  4. I’ve always been a mayo girl, have to try this and may add some kick with a jalapeño
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  5. Victoria Ess says:

    I’ve always loved tuna pasta salad since I was young! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  6. Oh I have to try it with the coleslaw dressing! I always used mayo too!
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  7. Anything with pasta I am a fan of…although I have to admit too much tuna as a child has kept me from eating much of it as an adult. This looks really good and easy, which is obviously important for busy families. :)
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  8. Mmm we love tuna pasta salads! I’m really liking the idea of using coleslaw dressing…so quick and yummy!
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  9. Angela S says:

    I haven’t made tuna pasta in forever. Thanks for the inspiration. It looks delish.

  10. We don’t eat seafood in our house, but I think chicken would be a great substitute!
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  11. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of tuna…or any fish for that matter. However, I would totally be open to trying this with chicken instead of tuna, I think it would taste delicious!
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  12. I had no idea there was coleslaw dressing. I can’t wait to try this out. My Husband will love it.
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  13. I have never had tuna in a salad, but definitely worth a try! This will go well with our summer BBQ’s. :)
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  14. yummy, that sounds good, love the crunch you added to it too!
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  15. Looks delicious, I love simple meal ideas!
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  16. I am going to save this and make it for my husband!

  17. Love Tuna salad! This recipe sounds yummy! I’ve never tried it with coleslaw dressing before though, I usually use mayo. Pinning to try later! :)
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  18. OMG, this looks absolutely amazing. WOW. My kids and Hubs would love this! :)

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