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Layered rainbow salad pots

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4

Give kids two of their five-a-day and a dose of vitamin C with these colourful rainbow pots of tuna salad, ideal for a lunchbox, or summer picnic

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal697
  • fat30g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre9g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 350g pasta shapes (De Cecco is a good brand that stays nice and firm)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 200g green beans, trimmed and chopped into short lengths
  • 160g can tuna in olive oil, drained



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp natural yogurt
  • ½ small pack chives, snipped (optional)
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 orange pepper, cut into little cubes 195g can sweetcorn, drained



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…


  1. Cook the pasta until it is still a little al dente (2 mins less than the pack instructions) and drain well. Cook the green beans in simmering water for 2 mins, then rinse in cold water and drain well. Mix the tuna with the mayonnaise and yogurt. Add the chives, if using.

  2. Tip the pasta into a large glass bowl or four small ones, or four wide-necked jars (useful for taking on picnics). Spoon the tuna dressing over the top of the pasta. Add a layer of green beans, followed by a layer of cherry tomatoes, then the pepper and sweetcorn. Cover and chill until you’re ready to eat.

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Frantic Flapjack
19th Aug, 2019
Really good tuna pasta salad. I used only 200g of pasta though and 2x tins of tuna. This was enough to feed four people.
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15th Jan, 2019
The amount of pasta for lunch seemed a lot so I did 120g of soup pasta. The amount of tuna ended up being very little between 4 of us, so I will double up on that. Aside from tweaking the amounts, very delicious and pretty looking. I used my reusable plastic lidded tubs and not glass jars.
25th Sep, 2017
How can a glass jar be ideal for a kids lunchbox?
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