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Canned tuna, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, hard-boiled eggs, and baby spinach are tossed with whole wheat pasta and a red wine vinaigrette in this quick and easy Nicoise Pasta Salad the whole family will love. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Nicoise Pasta Salad

Canned tuna, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, hard-boiled eggs, and baby spinach are tossed with whole wheat pasta and a red wine vinaigrette to make this Nicoise Pasta Salad, a twist on the classic French salad. This nutritious and delicious dish is ready in less than 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal the whole family will love.
Course Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Author Jessica Levinson

Ingredients

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper

For the pasta salad:

  • 1 pound whole wheat fussili (or pasta of your choice, including gluten-free)
  • Two 5-ounce cans tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced baby spinach (cut chiffonade style)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, plus more for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, oregano, and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and rinse pasta in cold water to stop cooking. Transfer to large mixing bowl and toss with half of the dressing.
  3. Add flaked tuna, tomatoes, olives, eggs, spinach, and feta cheese to pasta. Toss with remaining dressing. Portion nicoise pasta salad onto plates and garnish with additional feta cheese, if desired.