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Not-Your-Mama's Tuna Salad

Not-Your-Mama's Tuna Salad


  • 1 tub store-bought pesto sauce (1 cup), such as Contadina brand

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 cans tuna in water (6 ounces each)

  • 4 scallions, cut with kitchen scissors or chopped

  • 1 whole roasted red pepper, cut up with kitchen scissors or chopped

  • A handful of grape tomatoes, halved with small paring knife

  • 1 pound medium shell pasta, cooked to al dente and cooled by running under

  • Cold water

  • Salt and pepper


Place the pesto in a bowl and mix in the lemon juice. Add the tuna to the bowl and break it up into flakes with a fork.

Add the scallions, red pepper, tomatoes and pasta to the bowl, then toss the salad to evenly coat it with the sauce. Season the salad with salt and pepper, to taste.

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