French Tuna Nicoise Pasta Salad


A simple and filling tuna pasta salad that anyone will be able to make. The lighter lunch alternative

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  • Serves 4

  • Prep time 10 mins

  • Cooking time 10 mins

  • Total time 20 mins

  • Calories 274 per serving


  • 200g (7oz) penne pasta
  • 200g (7oz) green beans, trimmed
  • 2 eggs
  • cucumber, chopped
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 130g can Ďno drainí tuna steak, broken into chunks
  • 4 tbsp Pizza Express light olive oil dressing


For a light lunch or dinner option that makes enough to feed the whole family, try this simple tuna Nicoise pasta salad recipe.

With eggs and tune that are packed with protein, this pasta recipe is a great way to fill the family up thatís relatively cheap. Itís also a really quick recipe to throw together, so is great for evenings when youíre not in the mood to cook but still want something really tasty.

Tuna is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that weíre recommended to help our heart health, while eggs are a great source of protein, vitamin B2 and vitamin D.

Served with a French style dressing, itís a great dish to serve up to remind you of holidays, even if itís raining outside.


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 5 mins, add the beans and cook for a further 5 mins until the pasta and beans are just tender.
  2. At the same time, place the eggs in a small pan of cold water, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool enough to handle. Remove the shell and cut the eggs into quarters.

  3. Drain the pasta and beans, rinse under cold water, drain again and place in a bowl. Add the cucumber, tomatoes, tuna and dressing and stir lightly to mix. Place the hard boiled egg quarters on the top.