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Healthy Cheap Recipe: Hawaiian Tuna Pasta Salad

Updated on August 4, 2012
Hawaiian Tuna Pasta Salad
Hawaiian Tuna Pasta Salad | Source

Cheap And Healthy Recipe

Cold pasta salad dishes make great Summer meals. They don't require a lot of cooking; therefore the kitchen stays cooler and the electricity bill a bit lower. Try my budget friendly recipe for Hawaiian tuna pasta salad. It's my favorite recipe for serving up a cold pasta salad dish on a hot Summer day. Not only is this recipe budget friendly, it's quick and easy to make.

There is no need to compromise nutrition when cutting cost. The ingredients in my Hawaiian pasta salad are backed by solid food science research as being really nutritious. I have listed nutritional information after the recipe for most of the ingredients along with some the the health benefits that can be expected when eaten often.

I often serve this dish alone, or sometimes when I get the urge for a bit of warm, comforting food I may add boiled corn on the cob and fresh warm rolls to the meal. Give cold Hawaiian tuna pasta salad a try!

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Ingredients

  • 1- 12 ounce can Tuna packed in water, Drained
  • 1-16 ounce package Bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups Green and orange bell pepper, Diced
  • 1- cup Celery, chopped
  • 2-cups Pineapple, fresh or canned, chopped
  • 2- cups Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Salad dressing or mayonaise
  • 1 teaspoon Curry
  • Peppercorns

How To Make Tuna Pasta Salad

  1. Boil pasta. Drain and cool
  2. Chop peppers, celery, tomatoes and pineapple
  3. Add chopped fruit and vegetables to cooled pasta
  4. Add the can of drained tuna
  5. Stir curry into the salad dressing
  6. Toss all ingredients together with the salad dressing
  7. Dust with ground pepper corns
  8. Serve on a bed of chilled crisp lettuce
5 stars from 3 ratings of Hawaiian Tuna Pasta Salad
  • Curry

Borrow a little spice from India for this dish. Both animal and human studies found that Curry improves brain function. People in India who eat a lot of curry dishes have a lower rate of Alzheimer's by 4 times than those in the U.S.

Turmeric, one of the spices in curry, helps relieve arthritic related joint swelling .

One animal study found that the cur-cumin in curry helps to prevent the development and spread of breast cancer.

  • Pineapple

Pineapple is known to help prevent several health problems. It is loaded with vitamins A and C, calcium phosphorus and potassium, all essential vitamins and minerals for good health.

The beta carotene in pineapple helps prevent macular degeneration, a condition that leads to blindness.

Pineapple is known to help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and gout.

The bromeliads in pineapple help to maintain a healthy digestive tract.


  • Tuna

Tuna is an excellent source of Omega 3s which are proven to help in the prevention of stroke and heart attack.

The Omega 3s in tuna are also important in the prevention of certain joint and skin ailments.

There is also some research that tuna helps lower the risk for Alzheimer's disease.


  • Tomatoes

Tomatoes are very high in vitamins A and C, antioxidants that help fight cancers.

The lycopene in tomatoes helps protect skin from ultra violent rays, therefore reducing the chance of developing skin cancer.

Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called zeaxanthin that works to help eyes healthy, reducing the risk of eye diseases.

  • Celery

Surprisingly, celery has a high amount of vitamin C to help give the immune system a boost.

Celery may have anti-inflammatory agents that can help ailments associated with inflammation such as arthritis.

Celery has a diuretic effect, helping to flush excessive fluids from the body. this diuretic effect can aid in the control of hypertension.

Celery is low in calories and high in healthy fiber.

  • Bell Peppers

Bell peppers contain vitamin C and beta carotene and helps protect against cataracts.

Along with the vitamin C, Bell peppers also contain capsaicin and flavinoids that have been shown to reduce cholesterol and reduce the formation of blood clots, thereby reducing the chance of strokes or heart attacks.

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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I know this tuna pasta salad must be fabulous. We always have tuna on Tuesdays, so now I have a new recipe to try! I'll use fresh pineapple as it's less expensive here. I enjoyed all the nutritional information on the ingredients. Thanks so much!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks vespawoolf. I am so glad to have provided you with a new, nutritious recipe. Lucky you to have access to cheap fresh pineapple!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Wow this looks like a nice twist for summer. I love pineapple. Great recipe! Voted up and shared. Kelley

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds wonderful! I love the fresh vegetable and pineapple. Never would have thought of the pineapple in a tuna salad, but it really sounds great! I wish we had a Yummy botton! Voted up, useful and sharing on my recipe blog.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this great recipe and idea.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for stopping by Mhatter99. I hope you get a chance to try the Hawaiian tuna pasta!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      What a healthy and refreshing recipe. This is great. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks Victoria. I hope you get a chance to try the Hawaiian Tuna Pasta Salad.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      This looks absolutely delicious! You made me hungry.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can eat tuna every day and this recipe would allow me some variety. Looks so good and healthy too.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Rebecca,

      This looks yummy. That you for sharing this recipe as well as the health benefits of the ingredients.

      Voted up and awesome

      Take care :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for reading the Hawaiian tuna pasta salad recipe. Cool recipe, cool kitchen!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Rebecca, This is just right for the coming weekend, something different, healthy and nutritious. Up, and useful.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Glad to help, Cyber Shelly! Thanks for the vote up!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi rebecca, we eat lots of tuna, I can never tire of it - looking forward to trying this recipe, it sounds so delicious!

      Thank you and voted up

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks Movie Master. I hope you enjoy the Hawaiian tuna pasta salad soon!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Refreshing, tasty and healthy ... Nice recipe! I love pasta salads, as I just find them more to my taste and far more filing. Will share this as a cool meal for others to enjoy.

      Up and useful.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is a wonderful recipe!i love any salad that has pineapple in it, lol.....

      Sharing, and voting up!

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      Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

      Any ideas for a more sustainable fish rather than tuna? I try to avoid, tuna, salmon, cod and haddock a lot of the time due to over fishing, not to say I never eat them, if there is an alternative I will try that instead?

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the ideas! I try to eat tuna because it's an inexpensive way to get good protein and the omega-3s, but plain tuna salad gets boring! I will definitely be trying this recipe soon.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I love pineapple and anything with curry so I bet this recipe is a hit! Gotta try it for the family soon. Thanks for sharing!:-)

      And you are definitely on point with "There's no need to compromise nutrition when cutting cost."

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks everyone. Enjoy the Hawaiian tuna pasta salad and keep that kitchen cool!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tuna with pineapple ... now that's something different that I think I'd like.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This sounds good. Pineapple with tuna sounds so good. I love pineapple and it's always good with pasta when we go to Huhot's Grill I always put pineapple in with everything. Voted up

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks ladies. Tuna does go well with pineapple when you throw in all the other ingredients. I hope you try Hawaiian tuna pasta salad soon!

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      penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This sounds delicious. The bell peppers and tomatoes alone will make it delicious - I love to add these two ingredients to a lot of meals.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cool! I am so glad you are going to try the pizza sub recipe, vespawoolf.

      penlady, Pizza is just not pizza w/o bell peppers.

      Thanks for stopping by, y'all!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow this sounds good. You have some of the best recipes and so easy to fix. I always keep pasta but just bought the bow tie ones and now I know why. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks! I hope you make the Hawaiian tuna pasta often!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A combination of good taste and good health with this recipe! Cold pasta salads are a fave of mine and nice to read a twist on a tuna one here :) Vote up and sharing too.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good evening...It is still so warm here in Florida I still like cool dishes. A huge fan of tuna this looks absolutely yummy. I can see how the flavor combinations will come together to make a dish that will leave my family asking for more. thanks for sharing ....sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Gave your recipe 5 stars because reading the ingredients I know that this will be delicious as well as healthy and easy to prepare. We generally have some type of pasta and canned tuna in the house and except for the pineapple generally have all of the other ingredients as well. Will be getting some pineapple and trying this soon. Up, useful, interesting votes and will share with others. Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks Peggy. I have been making tuna marinara for winter. I will be glad when it is too hot too cook again and make more. I hope you try it and like it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Rebecca, thanks for sharing this super cool tuna pasta salad recipe. It looks delicious ans would be a welcome treat during the hot summer. I like that you included the health benefits of these wonderful ingredients.

      Excellent info as always.

      Voted up, useful and shared. Rated 5 stars.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks! We had an ice storm yesterday, so I will be glad when it is time for cold pasta salad again! Thanks for the rating and the share.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Pasta salad is something we love in the summer, and this version with pineapple and tomatoes looks just wonderful! It's going into my recipe collection!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Mmmmm - I love using tuna for salads and other dishes! This looks very good - and it's warm enough where I live to have it even in January! Yay!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks! I hope you like the Hawaiian tuna pasta salad!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am glad you can use this tuna pasta salad recipe. We really enjoy it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I usually would only put chicken on my pasta salad. Now, this sounds interesting plus the curry ingredient. Thanks for sharing this interesting dish. Will certainly try it. Bookmarking, pinning and sharing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the pin and share. Enjoy!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      With summer around the corner, this is going to be a great recipe to have on hand. Making it up and having it ready after an afternoon in the garden is going to be so refreshing--thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks. Hard to believe it is summer once again, right?

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks for this great and simple recipe. I never thought of tuna with pineapple and oranges. I am looking forward to trying this. It is a wonderful for summer, and all year round.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love your tuna salad. A wide varieties of fruits and vege to choose from. Tuna from canned is delicious even eaten on its own without cooking. Clever choice to choose the pineapple. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      This sounds good! I just bought a fresh pineapple. I'll have to give it a try! Thank you! BTW, I loved all the info at the end of the hub! In this day and age, it is imortant to know the value of what we are eating!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Funny, I was just thinking of making Hawaiian tuna pasta myself the other day. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      So sorry I missed this as we have just had a heatwave when this would have gone down a treat as I love all the ingredients. The nutritional value to this meal is excellent and it is definitely being put on my menu all year round! Love it!

      Voted up, useful, interesting, shared & pinned!

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      What a great summer pasta dish! I love cold pasta dishes and this is one that I'm sure I would enjoy.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful recipe! I loved the combination of your ingredients.

      I loved the information at the end as well. We must watch, what we are eating. The information about Indian spices, curry and turmeric is so correct, without which an Indian cuisine is not considered complete.

      Thanks!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thank you for the compliment Chitrangda!

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      Stephanie Launiu 2 years ago from Hawai'i

      Thank you for your healthy tuna salad recipe. I pinned your hub to my "Hawaiian Salads" board on pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/hawaiianmania/hawaiian-s...

      Aloha, Stephanie

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Nice! Thanks, I am honored!

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      Just stopping back in to check on this recipe idea. It is truly a good one.

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