Sometimes, you need a gluten-free tuna pasta salad, am I right?

With the weather starting to warm up this week in the Midwest, I felt the need to meal prep something that reminded me of Spring or Summer for lunch. Pasta salad sounded like something that would be filling yet satisfying that craving. Plus, you can pair it with any fruit or vegetable for added nutrients.

The best part about pasta salad is that you can almost always have your pantry stocked ready to make it.

Making Pasta Salad Gluten-Free

Since we are a gluten-free household, many of our pantry staples come from Thrive Market. The boys love the different types of pasta they have, and we have found the Thrive brand of tuna to be better than what we find in our grocery stores. Not to mention, it just shows up at our house once a month!

I am also dairy-free, so I often rely on vegan options to replace anything dairy in a recipe. Primal Kitchen’s Vegan Mayo is oil-based and still delivers on taste. If someone didn’t see me make it, they probably wouldn’t know it was vegan. Thrive Market’s Fusillini Gluten Free Red Lentil & Quinoa Pasta was what I had on hand, but any of your favorite gluten-free pastas will do.

From there, I just picked up a few other things from the fridge, sliced them, and mixed them. Since I used a whole box of pasta, I could divide the tuna pasta salad into five containers for lunch this week.

The best part about pasta salad is that you can pair it with any other vegetable. This week, it was carrots, but celery and cucumbers make a great addition, too.

Overall, it was a quick lunch to throw together and enjoy throughout the week. It could easily be changed by adding red onions, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, or an Italian Dressing!

It’s a little taste of Summer as we still navigate a few more cold days.


Tuna Pasta Salad

Prep Time 35 minutes
Servings 5


  • 1 Box Fusillini Gluten Free Red Lentil & Quinoa Pasta
  • 3/4 Cup Primal Kitchen, Vegan Mayo
  • 1 Can Tuna (in Water)
  • 1 Stalk Celery Chopped
  • 10 Grape Tomatoes Sliced
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs Sliced


  • Boil pasta until just slightly undercooked, drain noodles & let cool.
  • Drain can of tuna
  • Combine all ingredients into one bowl
  • Serve cold


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Kristin Longacre

Hey There, I’m Kristin, a gluten-free nutrition coach helping gluten-free families adjust to their new lifestyle.

Tuna Pasta Salad