Pasta Salad with Tuna, Apple, and Dried Cranberries

Pasta with Tuna, Apple, and Dried Cranberries | A wonderful lunch or snack any time of the year! Crunchy & healthy, it'll be your new family favorite! | WorldofPastabilities.com

Please welcome back Mary Clarke, aka “Cookie”, my mother and the most extraordinarily talented cook I know.  This is her second time as a guest blogger!  She is a former gourmet cooking teacher, has built a successful catering business here in Nashville, and is known for her creative, absolutely delicious flavors, and beautifully garnished dishes.  One can usually find her in her kitchen “headquarters” testing some new creations or teaching one of her grandchildren how to make cookies.  Take it away Cookie!

“Tick tock, tick tock” – does the clock really start running faster after Halloween? (Father Time has surely been slapped with a speeding ticket by now!)
School is back in full force (and may I inject a tribute to all teachers), and Fall transitions us from the slower pace of summer with a big jolt, thrusting us into new routines and tighter schedules with the holidays just around the corner. And we still need food – just faster – and I mean good, nutritious food.

Pasta with Tuna, Apple, and Dried Cranberries | A wonderful lunch or snack any time of the year! Crunchy & healthy, it'll be your new family favorite! | WorldofPastabilities.com
“Tick tock”…we head to the market, and what do we see? Flowering mums in vivid colors, pumpkins in all sizes, and glorious apples – yes, apples, apples, and more apples! Interestingly, 7,500 varieties have been identified globally – wow! Most of us feel blessed to be offered up to 10 varieties in any one location.

Pasta with Tuna, Apple, and Dried Cranberries | A wonderful lunch or snack any time of the year! Crunchy & healthy, it'll be your new family favorite! | WorldofPastabilities.com
Apples have long been the most popular portable non fridge fruit snack (with bananas and grapes following closely) for both children and adults.  So when I grab an apple and jump in my car, munching joyfully, I’m then faced with how to dispose of the core and always ponder…if I throw it out the window, am I littering or simply nourishing the wayside soil? No, I never do…

Pasta with Tuna, Apple, and Dried Cranberries | A wonderful lunch or snack any time of the year! Crunchy & healthy, it'll be your new family favorite! | WorldofPastabilities.com
Back to our need for good food fast, one of my favorite “go to” quickie homemade lunches and/or snacks is easy and packed with good energy from pasta and apples, and protein from tuna! Good lookin’ salad, don’t you think?  You might also want to try our Tuna Pasta Salad with Green Beans.

Perk up your expectations and try this updated take on a time honored classic, tuna salad!  Love it in a wrap too!

Pasta with Tuna, Apple, and Dried Cranberries | A wonderful lunch or snack any time of the year! Crunchy & healthy, it'll be your new family favorite! | WorldofPastabilities.com
Side line grandmother’s memory of Fall: When our first born grandson (Carey’s) was in preschool, his teacher greeted the class with this challenge question: Class, tell me, when the weather changes and leaves begin to fall off the trees, what “season” is it? Clarke immediately waved his hand in exuberant enthusiasm, and when called upon, exclaimed, “It’s hockey season!” Thanks to his Dad and love of the sport, he, at 16, still plays the game…sweet memory!

Thank you again, my darling Carey, for asking me to blog yet a second time.  Just felt i needed to get apples in before the pumpkin “mania” delights us to death…but I’m sure Carey, you’ll get your own take on pumpkins soon!

Love,

Mom (Cookie)

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Pasta Salad with Tuna, Apple, and Dried Cranberries

Pasta Salad with Tuna, Apples, and Cranberries is a perfect lunch or snack! Crunchy and fresh, it’s an everyday favorite! Use any short pasta shape!

Ingredients

Scale
  • Approximately 1/2 bag or 7-8 ounces pasta, cooked according to package directions. (Use any short shape of pasta)
  • 25 oz. cans of tuna packed in water, preferably white albacore, drained, or more to taste.
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large Fuji or Honeycrisp apple, chopped, or any sweet, crisp variety
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (save some for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup mayo or Miracle Whip (fat free or reduced fat OK)
  • Salt and pepper to taste if needed
  • Romaine lettuce for garnish, or butter lettuce for cups or wraps

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and rinse with cold water.
  2. Carefully combine and toss all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Adjust seasonings to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve pasta salad over a bed of Romaine lettuce or in individual Butter lettuce leaves as a wrap!
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

1) Amounts of ingredients can be added to or subtracted from, according to what you like best and what you might have on hand.
2) Amount of mayo or Miracle Whip will need to be adjusted either way but use only enough to bind ingredients. This salad is not meant to be “creamy” or “swimming in mayo” like so many others – use just enough – these flavors blend well and crunch happily together on their own.


 

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73 Comments

  1. cris on November 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Love any dish that has pasta!

  2. Kathy Palmer on November 12, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Any pasta with any seafood equals delish!! I love them warm or cold.

  3. noah bergeron on November 11, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    This looks so good!

  4. Jennifer Essad on November 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    my best friends and I would love this recipe for our lunch when we visit each other #wackywednesday #ongtheblog

  5. Gem on November 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    #WackyWednesday Simple and delicious. Definitely saving this one for those hot summer days!

  6. Alexis T on November 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    This recipe looks incredibly good

  7. Kirsten on November 11, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    #‎WackyWednesday Beautiful presentation and my husband would probably love this. I don’t like tuna so not so much for me. 🙂

  8. jennifer on November 11, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    don’t eat seafood but this would be great using chicken instead or turky!

  9. Nancy Reid on November 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    This unique recipe dresses up the usual ordinary tuna pasta salad. It’s so perfect for a holiday luncheon!

  10. Candace Galan-Calderon on November 11, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Looks fresh and yummy!

  11. Annette on November 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious. I’ve had tuna in the pantry for a few months, because I couldn’t think of a new way to serve it – I’m tired of tuna sandwiches. I’m going to give this one a try.

    • carey on November 12, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Do it!! 🙂

  12. Michelle Fidler on November 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Sounds good. I like tuna salad.

  13. carol n on November 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    This Looks delicious. can’t wait to try it

  14. Stephanie K on November 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    This looks like a great idea to make for when we have company over for lunch.

  15. Jessica C on November 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    This is great, we actually make this but add grapes to it as well. So delicious.

  16. Sheila Vives on November 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    My mother loves tuna and I have been looking for a new recipe to make her. This sounds fabulous. I am printing it out to try it.

  17. Christa Lopez on November 11, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    This looks very delicious!

  18. Kay on November 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    You make this look so good! – Kind of a take on the Waldorf salad, with protein. Would work just as nicely with chicken.

  19. rob fiorenza on November 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    this looks might tasty gotta give it a try

  20. Nancy Maramonte on November 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Looks delicious! Perfect Fall meal!

  21. wendy ann sulek on November 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    This looks delicious!

  22. nichole woody on November 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    I wasn’t hungry until seeing this recipe and now I know what’s for dinner! Thank you! Four stars oonly because I haven’t made it yet… Salivating. Yes, that’s what I’m doing now.

  23. Katie Blankenship on November 11, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Way out of my comfort zone… Fruit in salads? TUNA?!? Not my cup of tea.

  24. Patricia Vazquez on November 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    This looks so yummy!! 🙂

  25. Gina N. on November 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    This looks so nutritiously delicious. I am adding this to my shopping list so I can make it for my family.

  26. jude on November 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    The recipe Sounds Yummy

  27. Stacy B on November 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    This looks amazing!

  28. Kim Davis on November 11, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    this sounds good and healthy, Worth a try.

  29. nicole ford on November 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    wow yummy you just gave me a new idea for tuna it looks amazing

  30. Randi Nemeroff on November 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    this recipe sounds amazing, I love pasta salad, and this recipe is a million times healthier for you, and sounds so refreshing. I know what I’m bringing to our next potluck!

  31. cendy on November 11, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Wonderful dish! Can’t wait to try this!

  32. M.G. on November 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Apples are so versatile this time of year, we love cooking and trying great recipes, we’ll surely try this, thank you!

  33. sean fiorenza on November 11, 2015 at 11:43 am

    wow this looks good and very interesting

  34. Ilona on November 11, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Would Love to try this!

  35. Jennifer Ha on November 11, 2015 at 11:03 am

    yummy i love tuna and pasta together !!!~!

  36. Ronda Six Garnett on November 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I will be trying this….Love the combo of apples & cranberries 🙂

  37. amber lee kinnee on November 11, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Oh wow, this looks delicious, and something that the whole family would eat! I’m going to make this one for sure.

  38. Nicole Margrif on November 11, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Love cranberries in the fall months, looks delicious

  39. Sandra U. on November 11, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Love this and sounds like something my kids would dig into also!

  40. Jennifer Hedden on November 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

    This salad looks delicious! I love anything with pasta and tuna!

  41. Katherine Oliveira on November 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

    This looks both delicious & easy to prepare. Win win!

  42. alisa on November 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

    i love tuna and can’t get enough thanks for the recipe and idea!

  43. Erika Chilton on November 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Thank you for the recipe, this looks great!

  44. Michael Grammer on November 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Gonna try this one!

  45. Steven Epstein on November 11, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I love the combinations. Perfect for lunch to

  46. Judy Swanson on November 11, 2015 at 9:08 am

    This looks soooo good and perfect for this time of year. We are trying to eat healthy in our house, but need new ideas – this is great!

  47. Michelle Small on November 11, 2015 at 9:01 am

    This looks delicious. Definitely adding to recipes. I make a Chicken salad that is similar with dried cranberries. walnuts, apple, red onion, celery, etc..

  48. Joe G on November 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Looks amazing!!

  49. angela grogan on November 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Going to have to try this yummy looking recipe

  50. angela grogan on November 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

    going to have to try this yummy looking recipe

  51. MaryAnn Casey on November 11, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Interesting. I know fruit and nuts can go in chicken salad but never thought to put them in a tuna salad. I know what I’m making this weekend!

    • carey on November 11, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Do try it – you’ll be amazed! I’d love to know what you think afterward!

  52. renea duffield on November 11, 2015 at 8:34 am

    i love pasta salad and yours looks so yummy

  53. Alicia D on November 11, 2015 at 8:28 am

    This looks great

  54. nancy fiorenza on November 11, 2015 at 7:31 am

    my favorite combo tuna and pasta this looks utterly delkcious

  55. Elizabeth Janik on November 11, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Looks really good, would love to try!

  56. Lisa Lee Cook on November 11, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Sounds good thanks for sharing!

  57. Liz B on November 11, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Looks awesome! I need to try this. I love stuff like this but like my own ingredients. No celery! :). Awesome idea.

    • carey on November 11, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Liz! Funny comment about celery!! Enjoy!

  58. amy guillaume linderman on November 11, 2015 at 7:07 am

    i can’t wait to try this! i think my whole family would enjoy the flavors

  59. shea balentine on November 11, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Great recipe! thanks for sharing!

  60. Jennifer on November 11, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Tuna and apples sound like a great combo! Love how healthy and yummy tuna is!

  61. Kathleen Walsh on November 11, 2015 at 6:48 am

    A great combination of fruits and tuna. Love it!!

  62. Crystal Shuler on November 11, 2015 at 6:31 am

    This pasta tuna salad looks and sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it. The apples and cranberries sound great with it!

  63. Denise on November 11, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Looks delicious!

  64. Alice on November 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    So easy! Tell your mom I can’t stop eating this! Crunchy and refreshing and absolutely delicious!

  65. Kathy B on November 6, 2015 at 8:33 am

    I love the idea of this in a lettuce wrap!

    • carey on November 10, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Wraps are fun to eat…even the kids like it! Thank goodness for PF Changs – I think they were one of the first to use them on a menu!

  66. Stephanie on November 5, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Yum, this sounds healthy and delicious. Apples and cranberries are a great addition.

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