Emergency tuna pasta salad ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

13 September 2014

Emergency tuna pasta salad

Emergency tuna pasta salad

Sometimes -- like when you get home with approximately 35 minutes to make and eat lunch before the plumber is supposed to show up to fix your kitchen faucet -- emergency food has to happen. This tuna pasta salad is an excellent example.

This salad is 100% flexible, depending on what vegetables you happen to have kicking around your crisper or ready to eat in your garden. Use as much or as little as you like of practically every ingredient. Then nom it like a boss.

If you are in the no-meat camp, you obviously won't be using tuna here. I would probably go for some roughly mashed chickpeas or a couple diced hard-boiled eggs, but you should clearly feel free to experiment with whatever sounds good to you. And if you are in the no-pasta camp, rice or another grain of your choice would be an excellent substitute.

One standard can of tuna plus half a pound of pasta and as much veg as you like will make approximately two servings.

Emergency tuna pasta salad

Emergency tuna pasta salad

chunky pasta of your choice
a can of tuna
red pepper
green onion
fresh parsley
mesclun mix or other salad greens
olive oil
salt, pepper
dijon mustard

Put a pot of salted water on to boil. Cook your pasta while you're prepping the rest of your ingredients.

Drain your can of tuna and deposit it into a bowl.

Chop up your cucumber, red pepper, green onion, parsley, and salad greens. Add them to the bowl.

Season with olive oil, salt, pepper, and dijon mustard.

Check to see if your pasta is ready. When it's done, drain it and add it to the tuna and veg. Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Wow! It's done!

Now sit down and have some instant dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast, if tuna salad for breakfast floats your boat.

What are your emergency back-up lunches?


Marissa | Pinch and Swirl said...

I totally related to the 'emergency lunch' - this looks just perfect!

Michelle said...

Tuna pasta salad is such a comfort food for me. That was always my mom's "dad isn't home and I don't want to cook" dinner.

My quick go-to is also scrambled eggs with whatever frozen veg I have or some oatmeal.

June Baby said...

Oooh that looks great! I could totally see myself making this with chickpeas. Usually for a quick lunch I throw together a salad with whatever I have in the fridge, but something like this sounds great too! :)

Joanne said...

I am definitely in need of some quick and easy pasta salad options, and I love the veg take on it that you mentioned.

We Are Not Martha said...

I soo love the idea of something like this for lunch. It's such a great combination of favorite salads!


Sue/the view from great island said...

I'm all about the 'emergency diners' after a long day of food blogging :)