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Spanish-Style Pasta Salad with Tuna and Marinated Tomatoes

If you’re looking for the perfect dish to add a Spanish taste to your summer, this is the perfect meal for you! The combination of tuna, marinated tomatoes, olives, and capers gives this pasta salad a delightful Spanish twist. The smoky paprika adds a hint of warmth, and the fresh parsley provides a burst of freshness. Enjoy the flavours and textures of this vibrant and flavourful dish!


  • 8 ounces (225 grams) pasta (such as fusilli or penne)
  • 1 can (5 ounces/140 grams) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool it down.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled pasta, flaked tuna, cherry tomatoes, red onion, green olives, capers, and fresh parsley.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss gently to combine, ensuring all the ingredients are evenly coated.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to meld together.
  6. Before serving, give the salad a final toss to redistribute the dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  7. Serve the Spanish-Style Pasta Salad chilled as a refreshing and satisfying dish for picnics, potlucks, or as a light lunch option.