Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Italian Style Tuna Macaroni Salad

A perfect salad for that holiday party. Tri colored pasta makes this a festive potluck favorite.


1 lb of Tri colored spiral pasta cooked and drained
1/3 olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
red and green chopped bell peppers
4 hard boiled eggs chopped
1 8oz ball of mozzarella cheese or extra sharp provolone cut into chunks
1/4 cup chopped genoa salami
1 diced fresh tomato
1/4 cup chopped black olives
1/2 teaspoon each oregano, garlic powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 package or small can of tuna in water drained

Boil and drain pasta set aside. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together except pasta and mix well. Add the pasta last and combine all the flavors. Top with sliced peppers and more chopped parsley. Best eaten the next day. If too dry add more mayo or a little olive oil...

26 comments:

Bo said...

I love it...well minus the eggs.

Federica said...

This is a very rich salad, also beautiful with tricolor pasta :) Bye, have a great day

Joanne said...

Delicious salad. It's a great holiday party side dish since you don't have to worry about getting it on the table with other hot foods. Good recipe, Claudia...now....for that Amaretto Cheese Cake. OMG! YUM.

Lizzy said...

What an excellent pasta salad, Claudia! Perfect for a holiday meal...love the addition of salami :)

Greg said...

I love it when people make their own pasta salads. So many of the boxed ones are full and flavorless. Yours on the other hand is full of flavors.

Giovanna said...

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Tina said...

Claudia, you have such perfect timing! With the holiday season upon us there is a lot of pot luck going on and I always find it difficult to decide on something to bring. Also, a lot of people are bringing sweet type of things, so this is a perfect change of pace. I am sure it will be a welcomed dish by all- It looks delicious, great recipe. Have a great day-XOXO

Curt said...

This sounds really delicious as I read through the list of ingredients. I really love chopped boiled eggs in a cold salad.

Big Dude said...

I just love pasta salad and this version sounds outstanding - like bacon, salami and provolone makes everything better.

Claudia said...

Have never done it with tuna - what a lovely, refreshing addition - and the bonus is it's perfect for a holiday buffet

Mary said...

This would be a wonderful dish to have on a holiday buffet table. it looks and sounds delicious and it is not that all hard to make. It's a winner. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

Claudia - I really love a great pasta salad. And what a great one you have here! So much going on in there you sure don't need anything else to make a complete meal. Wonderful!

Reeni said...

A delicious pasta salad! Love the tuna and mozzarella!

Trix said...

This would certainly be a big hit at any party!!! I don't how you have time to cook so much with your work. You are a superwoman, my dear.

Loveforfood said...

pasta.. i must try too.

Kiri W. said...

Interesting!
My relationship to pasta salads is split - I could eat buckets (uhm, this may not reflect well on me, but I actually have in the past...) of my mom's pasta salad, which is a German one that isn't like your average pasta salad at all somehow, but have had very few successes with any other pasta salad I've encountered. At best, I find it okay, but not great. Now, salami sounds like a wonderful ingredient unlike anything I've had before, so I'm tempted to try this :)

Spicie Foodie said...

Cold Italian past has been a favorite since childhood. I used to love going to the deli and ordering some to snack on with saltines. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to make your recipe.

bookcasefoodie said...

I gave up on macaroni salad, a long time ago, but mine never looked like this. Time to get out the pasta again.

bookcasefoodie said...

I gave up on macaroni salad, a long time ago, but mine never looked like this. Time to get out the pasta again.

Cucina49 said...

I love the color that you get from using the tricolor rotini--the addition of the cheese and salami chunks doesn't hurt, either!

janet@fromcupcakestocaviar said...

This looks great, Claudia. We always do appetizers and easy salads and such on Christmas Eve so this would be a perfect addition. Gotta try this!

Amalia said...

This looks so delicious! Definitely a great dish for the holidays, everyone would love it! Great recipe :)

Ann said...

Delicious! I love this sort of dish - and portable for potlucks is terrific! Thanks for sharing!

Magic of Spice said...

I love chilled pasta salads and this is no exception...wonderful recipe Claudia! I hope you are enjoying the season and not working too hard :)
Hugs

redkathy said...

This is the perfect pasta salad to serve along side a New Years Day ham!

Parsley Sage said...

Mmm! Great tuna salad :)