Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat) A bowl of vibrant Tunacado Pasta Salad, featuring cooked pasta, flaked tuna, sliced avocado, diced cherry tomatoes, and a creamy dressing, garnished with fresh dill. An alternative take on the viral sandwich.
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Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat)

Looking for a fresh and tasty dish that’s been taking social media by storm? My recipe for the Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat) combines the viral tunacado sandwich with a unique pasta twist. My take on the viral Sandwich offers a new twist on a popular favourite. With creamy avocado, tuna, and lots of super fresh flavours, this dish is sure to be a new fave!

You can also check out my recipe for Chicken Chorizo and Pepper Quesadillas for some more tasty dinner inspiration!

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Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat) A bowl of vibrant Tunacado Pasta Salad, featuring cooked pasta, flaked tuna, sliced avocado, diced cherry tomatoes, and a creamy dressing, garnished with fresh dill. An alternative take on the viral sandwich.

Why you’ll love this recipe for Tunacado Pasta salad!

1. Bursting with Fresh Flavours: My Tunacado Pasta Salad recipe is a tasty blend of fresh ingredients, including ripe avocados, cherry tomatoes, sweet pickles and fresh dill, creating a delicious pasta salad full of the freshest flavours.

2. Versatile and Adaptable: This recipe is incredibly versatile, allowing you to customise it to suit your taste preferences. Whether you prefer an extra hint of spice, extra veggies, or even a different pasta shape, you can make it your own.

3. Quick and Easy Preparation: With minimal ingredients and simple instructions, this Tunacado Pasta Salad can be whipped up in no time, making it perfect for busy weeknights or low spoon days. You can also make it in advance for lunch the next day.

4. Nutritious and Filling: Packed with protein, healthy fats, and wholesome carbohydrates, this salad not only tastes delicious but also keeps you feeling satisfied and energised throughout the day.

To prepare your Tunacado Pasta Salad, gather these ingredients:

2x 145g cans of tuna (drained)

4 tbsp mayonnaise 

Salt and black pepper 

The juice of 1 lemon

A few sprigs Fresh dill

Diced sweet Gherkins

Diced Capers

2tsp dijon mustard

50g chopped cherry tomatoes 

1 avocado, sliced

300g cooked pasta of your choice 

Green basil pesto and chilli oil to serve

Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat) A bowl of vibrant Tunacado Pasta Salad, featuring cooked pasta, flaked tuna, sliced avocado, diced cherry tomatoes, and a creamy dressing, garnished with fresh dill. An alternative take on the viral sandwich.

Ingredient Substitutions and Recipe Variations

  1. Swap Fresh Dill for Fresh Parsley: For a slightly different flavour profile, substitute fresh parsley for fresh dill. 
  2. Swap Chilli Oil for Your Favourite Hot Sauce: If you prefer a bit of heat, swap out the chilli oil for your preferred hot sauce. Whether it’s sriracha or something else entirely, feel free to customise the spice levels to your liking.
  3. Swap Basil Pesto for Vegan Pesto: For a vegan-friendly option, switch out traditional basil pesto for a vegan pesto alternative.
  4. Add Red Onion or Green Onion to the Tuna Mixture: Add a pop of colour and flavour by incorporating chopped red onion or green onions into the tuna mixture. It will add a hint of sharpness to the salad.
  5. Make Your Own Homemade Pesto: For an extra special touch, you can make your own homemade pesto from scratch. Blend together fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic cloves, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and parmesan to create a pesto that’s bursting with fresh flavours.

How to make Tunacado pasta salad (Joe & the juice copycat)

  1. Cook your choice of pasta according to the package instructions until it is al dente.
  2. Once the pasta has cooked, drain it and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside and allow it to cool completely.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the drained tuna, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped fresh dill, diced sweet gherkin pickles, diced capers, and Dijon mustard.
  4. Stir well until all ingredients are combined. At this point you can season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Combine the cooled pasta with the creamy tuna mousse mixture. Gently toss until the pasta is evenly coated with the tuna mixture.
  6. Add the sliced cherry tomatoes and avocado slices to the pasta salad. Gently fold them through the pasta salad.
  7. Transfer the Tunacado Pasta Salad to serving bowls or plates.
  8. Top with extra spoonfuls of green basil pesto and chilli oil to add extra flavour.
  9. Enjoy! 🙂
Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat) A bowl of vibrant Tunacado Pasta Salad, featuring cooked pasta, flaked tuna, sliced avocado, diced cherry tomatoes, and a creamy dressing, garnished with fresh dill. An alternative take on the viral sandwich.

Expert tips for pasta salads

  1. Choose the right pasta: Opt for pasta shapes with nooks and crannies like fusilli, penne or farfelle that can hold onto the pasta sauce and other ingredients, ensuring that you get all flavour in each bite.
  2. Season your pasta water: Add salt to the boiling water before cooking pasta to add flavour.
  3. Chill before serving: Allow the pasta salad to chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. This gives the flavours time to develop, resulting in a more delicious dish.

FAQ

Can I make this pasta salad ahead of time?

Yes! Pasta salads often taste better after the flavours have had time to develop. You can even prepare the pasta salad as instructed, cover it tightly, and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving.

Can I freeze this pasta salad?

Pasta salads are not ideal for freezing, as the texture of the pasta and other ingredients may become mushy upon thawing. It’s best enjoyed fresh or stored in the fridge short term.

What are some serving suggestions for this pasta salad?

You can also serve it alongside a fresh green crisp salad or as a side dish at a BBQ or picnic.

How long will leftovers keep in the fridge?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Just be sure to give the salad a good stir before serving, as the sauce may have settled at the bottom of the container.

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Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat)

Looking for a fresh and tasty dish that's been taking social media by storm? My recipe for the Tunacado Pasta Salad (Joe and the Juice copycat) combines the viral tunacado sandwich with a unique pasta twist. My take on the viral Sandwich offers a new twist on a popular favourite. With creamy avocado, tuna, and lots of super fresh flavours, this dish is sure to please.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 534kcal
Author Karolyn

Ingredients

  • 2 x 145g cans of tuna drained
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Salt and black pepper
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • A few sprigs Fresh dill
  • Diced sweet Gherkins
  • Diced Capers
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 50 g chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 300 g cooked pasta of your choice
  • Green basil pesto and chilli oil to serve

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the drained tuna, mayonnaise, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, chopped dill, diced sweet gherkins, diced capers, and Dijon mustard.
  • Stir well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and the mixture is creamy and smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste if needed.
  • Cook your choice of pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Once cooked, drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow it to cool completely.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked and cooled pasta with the creamy tuna mousse mixture. Gently toss until the pasta is evenly coated with the tuna mixture.
  • Add the sliced cherry tomatoes and avocado to the pasta salad. Gently fold them in to distribute them throughout the salad.
  • Transfer the Tunacado Pasta Salad to serving bowls or plates.
  • Top with green basil pesto and chilli oil to add extra flavour.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 150g | Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 594mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg

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