Stop tossing that tuna between sloppy pieces of sandwich bread. The common can of tuna isn’t just for mixing with mayo and tossing inside kids’ lunch bags anymore! It’s actually a truly delicious add-in for gourmet lunch and dinner dishes—like this delicious Tuna Tortellini Salad. The flavors are rich and creamy—a far cry from that “fishy” flavor that keeps so many people from serving tuna for dinner. And if you’re looking for more incredible ideas, check out our post on canned tuna budget-friendly dinners too!
For best results, use a white albacore tuna with this recipe. The meat is richer and more mildly flavored. It flakes into big, hearty pieces of white meat. Flavored with a simple creamy Italian dressing and mixed with cheese-filled tortellini, fresh spinach, and roasted red peppers, this is one dish that may talk you into enjoying tuna for dinner every night!
Step 1: The Ingredients
This recipe is splendidly easy. Here’s the lineup of ingredients. The only thing not pictured here is vinegar. You can use any white or apple cider vinegar. Fresh lemon juice will also work perfectly!
Step 2: Whisk Away
Start by cooking the tortellini according to package directions. Then whisk together the dressing. Mayo, zesty Italian seasoning, and vinegar make a creamy, delicious dressing that complements the flavor of the tuna nicely.
Step 3: Start Dicing
Now dice some purple onions and roasted red peppers. On top of adding delicious flavor, these ingredients also lend beautiful color to the dish.
Step 4: Drain and Add
Once the hot tortellini is ready, drain it, then add to the creamy dressing. Add all the other ingredients, as well. And then, you’re ready to enjoy!
Tuna Tortellini Salad
You’ll need just 15 minutes to make this yummy salad. Delicious when served warm or cold, it’s a great potluck dish, and packs well inside a lunchbox, too.
Ingredients – Serves 4
- 2 cups cheese tortellini, uncooked
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup white balsalmic vinegar (or lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon Zesty Italian seasoning mix
- 1 can albacore tuna, drained and flaked
- ¼ purple onion, finely diced
- ½ cup roasted red peppers, finely diced
- 6 cups baby spinach
Cook tortellini according to package directions until tender. Strain and toss hot tortellini into a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to coat. Serve hot or cold. Enjoy!