Pasta Tonnato Salad

July 12, 2012

Author Notes: Take it to a potluck or BBQ...serves many and sure doesn't cost much!inpatskitchen

Makes: a huge bowl and serves many


For the tonnato sauce

  • 2 x 4.5 ounce cans tuna in olive oil
  • 3/4 cup homemade mayo or a great quality comercial one
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons capers in brine
  • 2 teaspoons of the caper brine
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste

For the salad

  • 16 ounces dry pasta shells
  • Juice of a whole lemon
  • 1 large (about 4 cups) diced unpeeled English cucumber (small dice)
  • 1 15 ounce can chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 3/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • The tonnato sauce
In This Recipe


For the tonnato sauce

  1. Place all of the ingredients (including the oil from the tuna) in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate.

For the salad

  1. Cook the pasta per package directions. Quickly rinse in cool water and drain. Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl and stir in the lemon juice. Let the pasta cool to room temperature.
  2. Once the pasta has cooled add the cucumber, chick peas, red onion and parsley. Stir in the tonnato sauce and refrigerate a few hours before serving.
  3. NOTE: If after refrigerating the salad seems a little dry (sometimes that happens!) just stir in a little more mayo or extra virgin olive oil to your taste.

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