Summer Tuna Pasta Salad

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Pasta salad has been a favorite of mine for years.  But sometimes it can be weighed down by excessive mayonnaise or sour cream.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about that, but sometimes a lighter option is needed.

Ingredients:

1 box of pasta

1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts

1 bell pepper diced

1/2 cup black olives chopped

1/2 cup cucumber

1/2 cup celery

1/4 cup chopped pickles (I use gherkins)

1/4 dijon mustard

1/4 balsamic vinegar

1/2 red onion diced

1 can of tuna (drained)

Salt and Pepper

1 tsp Celery Salt

1 tsp Dill Weed

2 garlic cloves minced

Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)

Boil pasta until al dente.  Drain pasta and run under cold water until pasta cools down.  Allow pasta to dry slightly and then transfer the pasta into a large bowl and combine with all above ingredients.  Adjust the seasonings as necessary.

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