Italian Tuna and Shells Salad #SundaySupper

Italian Tuna and Shells Salad
Welcome to our #SundaySupper Tailgate Party!
I must confess I’m not the biggest football fan but I love the food! I’m always up for the traditional fare, yet a little variety can’t hurt either, right?
So I’m bringing a cold Italian Tuna and Shells Salad with some sliced veggies on the side. Use your favorite Italian dressing for this salad and leave the mayo in the fridge!

Thanks Lane from Supper for a Steal: for hosting our Tailgate Party!

Italian Tuna and Shells Salad


  • 1 12 ounce can of tuna in water, drained (use your favorite, white, chunk light, etc.)
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta shells (I use the mini shells)
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  • 1 packet dry Italian dressing mix
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
In a medium-sized bowl, flake tuna and sprinkle with dry salad dressing mix. Stir in peppers and parsley. Add pasta.
Add enough of the dressing to coat mixture. Stir and refrigerate for 30 minutes to blend flavors. Pasta tends to absorb a lot of dressing so have extra on hand to add if more dressing if needed.
Serve alone or as a topper for a tossed salad. Sprinkle with parm cheese if desired.

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49 Responses to Italian Tuna and Shells Salad #SundaySupper

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  8. What a great side dish to bring to a tailgate. Goes great with burgers and hotdogs or whatever is cooking on the grill.
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  13. Nicole says:

    Mmm…. looks so good. I love tuna, and this salad is not only pretty but sounds heavenly!
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  15. Becky says:

    This pasta salad is a winner, and would be addition to a tailgating party. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Hope to see you back soon.
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  17. I love tuna salad and always add Italian dressing to mine so I know I will love this! YUM!
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  18. Renee says:

    I’ll take two helpings please and then put the rest in the fridge for me to eat on for a few days. What a great tuna pasta salad!
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  19. I can’t wait to try this Cindy! Nice and filling and simple! Thanks for sharing!!
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  21. Bea says:

    This looks so good, Cindy. I love pasta and tuna; combine it into a tuna-pasta salad and it sounds like perfection. Yum!!!
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  22. LOVE tuna anything, and I can’t wait to try this easy salad!
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  26. What a pretty salad. Love your trick of the dry dressing on the tuna. That’s smart.
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  27. Oh, I love the combo of the tuna and Italian dressing in a cold pasta salad – this looks delicious!
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  28. This is just right for tailgating. Simple, satisfying, can feed a crowd. Love it!
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  29. Italian dressing is totally the way to go when it comes to pasta salad! Nice choice for Sunday Supper!
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  30. We all love the food, never mind the game…lol! Pasta salad works every time for me!
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  32. I love this type of tuna/pasta salad… not creamy, just good!
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  33. Uru says:

    What a delicious salad my friend, so healthy but bursting with flavour 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  34. You sound like me – I totally go to tailgates for the food :) Love this salad – looks like the perfect addition to any party.
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  35. Oh man! I haven’t had tuna salad in years! My mom used to make it all the time as a kid and I loved it. Now you have me craving it! :)
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  36. oh, yum, does this sound good! I love to try new pasta salad recipes–this one sounds perfect!
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