Easy Cold Tuna and Artichoke Pasta Salad


This easy recipe rocks!  Cold tuna pasta salad with artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, and olives.  This easy recipe can be done in 20 minutes.  Yes please!

cold tuna pasta

recipe serves 4


20 grape tomatoes – halved.

14 oz albacore tuna in water – drained.

4 lettuce leaves.

2 and 1/2 cups dry large sea shell pasta – prepared per package instructions.

1 cup celery – sliced.

1/2 cup red onion – diced.

1/2 cup frozen peas.

1/2 cup Kalamata  pitted olives – quartered.

1/2 cup Feta cheese – crumbled.

1/2 cup mayonnaise.

1/4 cup ketchup.

6 oz marinated artichoke hearts – sliced as necessary for sizing.

4 oz diced pimientos – drained.

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning.

salt and pepper to taste.


While cooking the pasta slice the celery and onions.

Halve grape tomatoes and quarter olives.

Put peas in pasta drainer and unfreeze with the pasta water as pasta is drained.

Immediately run cold water over the pasta to cool (carefully drain water so dressing is not diluted).

In small mixing bowl place mayo, ketchup, Italian seasonings and mix.

Place cold pasta in large mixing bowl.  Add all vegetables and half dressing and gently stir.

Break up tuna in can and add to pasta.

Add feta cheese and remaining dressing and stir gently.

Arrange lettuce leaf on each plate and add pasta salad.

Go to sink and get a little water to sprinkle on your forehead to create appearance of having been hard at work, and then sit at table and enjoy the praise.


We had a wonderful weekend visiting dear friends who had left the SoCal scene for Austin, Texas.  I would imagine anyone who reads the news knows the greatness of Texas, and now I can add that as for Austin it’s all true.

We had a wonderful night on the town in vibrant downtown Austin.  The metro area is a charming mix of old and new, with relentless eating and drinking choices.  One thing kinda weird though, strangers talk to each other.  No really laughing and joking in the elevators, and in the establishments.  It’s almost as if they are all in on a secret.  Weirdly pleasant.

But as they say, “Keep Austin Weird”, read that nice.

On Sunday we drove past churches so huge they had police directing traffic onto the parking lots.  I would have explored that but for the fact we were on a a different mission.  Sunday brunch with Gospel Rock music, and bloody Mary’s at the world famous venue ‘Stubb’s’.


What’s not to like.  Austin rocks!

Good Eating and Table Talk,



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