easy does it: tuna pasta salad with broad beans & corn


When it comes to making a weekday lunch, I don’t want a big production. I’m working, I’m hungry and I’m more likely to eat crackers and a Granny Smith apple than to actually make something from scratch. But today I made something that was easy, fast and super yummy. I had a bottle of my favorite dressing in the fridge (but you could certainly make your own from scratch as I’ve done many times in the past) and a can of tuna in the cupboard. Lunch seemed simple. A little of this, a dollop of that and lunch was ready to eat in no time flat. I actually thought that I had bought a bag of peeled edamame, but when I checked the freezer I realized I had accidentally purchased broad beans. Oh well, they worked wonderfully with the corn and pasta here and the dressing adds a nice little kick.

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6 comments to “easy does it: tuna pasta salad with broad beans & corn”

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    Joanne   May 23, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    It’s been ages since I’ve eaten pasta. My husband doesn’t like pasta very much but lately I’ve been craving it. Pasta salads are one of my favourites during the hot summer and this particular recipe has got tuna (protein!) in it, so maybe my husband won’t be turned off by the mention of “pasta” if I tell him there is tuna in it too :)

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    Anne Stesney   May 24, 2007 at 9:34 am

    I love Annie’s Green Goddess dressing. Sounds like a tasty lunch. There’s no way I could wait for it to cool!

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    Maija   May 24, 2007 at 9:53 am

    I love quick salads for lunch, too!

    Joanne – another variation is on this is using a can of garbanzo beans instead of pasta – perhaps your husband would like that? I often make a quick lunch salad that is garbanzos, leftover roasted asparagus, a can of tuna, and Annie’s Gingerly Vinagrette.

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    Patricia Scarpin   May 24, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    What a delicious combination of flavors! I love tuna with pasta and the addition of beans and corn is a very interesting twist.

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    kickpleat   May 24, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Joanne, I didn’t think anyone hated pasta! that’s crazy ;)

    Annie, it’s definitely a tasty lunch and a very good use of Annie’s dressing (better than slurping it up from the palm of my hand – not that I’ve done that!)

    Maija, great idea of using chickpeas instead of pasta! I’ve never tried the Gingerly dressing…something I think I’ll do next time I shop.

    Thanks Patricia! This really works well and it’s so easy to whip together.

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    Joanne   May 24, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Nope he doesn’t like pasta but he’s also diabetic and so out of necessity cannot consume carbs the way average folks can. Protein is a must in his diet. I tell you, he loves his meat!

    Maija thanks for the tip. My husband does enjoy dried beans on occassion and garbanzos are one of his favourites.

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