Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tuna Pasta Salad

Everyone loves my Tuna Pasta Salad.  The secret ingredient-------Apples.  Here is how I make it:

Boil 3 cups rotini pasta (or your favorite pasta) in salted water per package directions.  Drain, rinse and set aside.

Open 3 small cans of tuna (at least one can should be white tuna, but doesn't have to be).  Drain and then put some lemon juice in each can and let it sit for a couple of minutes.  Then drain again.  Put the tuna in a bowl and mix well.  Add 1 rib of celery, chopped.  Then add 1 tablespoon sweet chopped pickle and 1 tablespoon pickle juice.  Cut a large apple (I use Fuji or Pink Lady or both!)  into small pieces and add to mixture.  Sometimes I add more apple, because that's the best part!  Then add mayonaisse or vegenaise to desired consistency (about 3 tablespoons).  Finally add the pasta and a little more mayo if needed.  Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

**This is a great dish to make during the summer when it's too hot to turn on the oven.  We serve it as a main dish with fresh raw veggies and fresh fruit.  It's delicious!

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