My family’s favorite tasty and quick pasta salad for lunch! The only thing you cook is the pasta and the rest is just mixing everything and the result is a truly flavorful and wholesome meal!
It’s been over a month now since my husband has changed his diet – dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free! I know, sounds like an awful chunk of food group(s) have been removed…. It was overwhelming at first and I didn’t think I’d be able to cook anything but with some research and a little creativity – it’s not impossible to live this way, actually. In fact, he has lost about 15 pounds because of this new diet and is now proud to be back to his wedding day weight…not that he needed to lose much at all – if you’ve seen what he looks like (see About section) he looks perfectly fine (and handsome! – it’s my husband, am biased of course – and so-in-love, too!). 🙂
What I love about his diet, is that (apart from the food he needs to avoid) it’s not much of a diet at all! I mean, there isn’t much restriction in terms of calories or portion control and yet he’s been losing weight – 15 pounds in under 6 weeks! I, on the other hand, had gained about 5 — perhaps his diet is truly better than mine! I have no problem tolerating anything and perhaps that’s my problem – I can eat anything and so I cook and eat everything! 🙂 Oh, well am a blogger so that’s what I am supposed to do right – eat and cook! 🙂
We digress…this recipe is gluten-free because we have used Corn Pasta instead of the usual Wheat-based noodle. It is actually more flavorful than the usual pasta though texturally not as smooth as the regular pasta. We use Trader Joe’s brand and love it.
He would usually request for this for lunch and since it’s so easy to whip up, I oblige!!! My whole family (yup even my 4-year-old toddler) loves this. The only thing you cook is the pasta and the rest is just mixing everything and the result is a truly flavorful and EASY pasta salad! Enjoy!
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8-10 oz Penne or your favorite pasta (Corn or Brown Rice pasta for a gluten-free option)
1 can Tuna in Olive Oil
A handful of fresh Cilantro, chopped
8-10 Grape Tomatoes (1/3 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes are great, too!)
Salt and Ground Black Pepper (or favorite herb or seasoning blend)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to taste)
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Make sure it’s just al dente! Drain.
Transfer the pasta to a big bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly. I drizzle a little EVOO if it seems a little dry and to add more flavor, too. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately! Enjoy!
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