Pasta Salad with Tuna and Dill

    2 hours 25 minutes

    Tuna fish, fresh dill and a little pickle juice make a great tangy pasta salad for barbecues and picnics.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 500g small uncooked seashell pasta
    • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
    • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
    • 2 teaspoons dried dill
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 (185g) tins tuna packed in water, drained
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours25min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes until al dente, and drain.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, pickle juice, dill, salt and pepper. Mix in tuna and onion. Toss with cooked pasta. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving.

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    This is a light & tasty recipe that would be perfect for a shower or lunches. (It keeps well in the 'fridge for several days.) BUT to make it serve-worthy, I suggest the following additions: 1-2 hard boiled eggs, 1/2 c finely diced celery, 2 tablespoons sweet relish, 1 c thawed peas, & a couple shakes of celery salt. Also, use a bit less dill than suggest. (I used 1 1/2 teaspoons.) Do not leave out the pickle juice and use a good, homemade kosher dill brand for best results. I used a little more than suggested (3-4 tablespoons). Finally, do not eat it right away: Let the flavors marry for at least 2 hours (simply follow directions). Whew...That seems like a lot, but it's really not too complicated. My husband, co-workers, & I all enjoyed it. It's simple, keeps for a long time, healthy (if you use light mayo & skim milk, which I did), & cost-effective.  -  19 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I think this is closer to traditional tuna pasta salad. I would add sweet relish instead of pickle juice,this adds flavor and some texture. I agree to cut the portion of dill so it's not so overwhelming.The boiled egg is also a very good addition. I would finally chop so you don't have big hunks of egg in each bite.  -  05 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Quick and easy. I used less mayo and switched it to light mayo. I also used fresh dill, and substituted red onion for the yellow onion and added a little salt and pepper. Can be easily "tweaked" to your liking!  -  22 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)