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Spanish-Style Pasta Salad with Tuna and Marinated Tomatoes

This Spanish-Style Pasta Salad with Tuna and Marinated Tomatoes is a refreshing and flavourful dish perfect for a light lunch or a side dish at your next gathering. The combination of marinated tomatoes, briny olives, and tender tuna, all tossed with pasta and fresh herbs, creates a harmonious blend of textures and tastes. Enjoy this Mediterranean-inspired salad that’s both healthy and delicious!


  • 250g (about 8 oz) pasta (such as fusilli or penne)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can (200g or 7 oz) tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


Step 1 – Marinate the Tomatoes: In a medium bowl, combine the halved cherry tomatoes, minced garlic, smoked paprika, dried oregano, a pinch of salt, and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Toss to coat the tomatoes evenly. Let the tomatoes marinate while you prepare the rest of the salad.

Step 2 – Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Step 3 – Prepare the Salad: Add the flaked tuna, sliced green olives, finely chopped red onion, chopped parsley, and chopped basil to the bowl with the pasta. Gently toss to combine all the ingredients.

Step 4 – Add the Marinated Tomatoes: Add the marinated tomatoes along with their marinade to the pasta salad. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Gently toss everything together until well combined.

Step 5 – Season: Taste and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper, if needed.

Step 6 – Chill and Serve: Cover the bowl and refrigerate the pasta salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to meld. Before serving, give the salad a final toss and garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for an extra burst of freshness.