6/24/08

Tuna Penne Salad

When warm summer weather hits I get a craving for tuna salads. It only happens about once or twice a year though as a general rule. But it's all I have been thinking about this week! LOL. So I looked through some of my files and found a version that called for lemon juice, tomatoes and penne. While I kept looking for these particular ingredients mixed I found this same version many times over, sometimes served hot and sometimes cold. My version is cold... because well, it's hot outside and I'm craving a cold tuna pasta salad of course!



Tuna Penne Salad

8 ounces penne pasta - cooked al dente and drained
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 cans (6 oz. each) Albacore tuna, packed in water
Basil leaves, snipped
1/2 cup kalamata olives
2 T minced Italian parsley
2 T fresh snipped chives
4 ounces Feta cheese

Toss pasta with the 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, lemon and orange juices to the pasta and toss to combine. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the chicken stock. Toss all to combine. Drain the tuna and separate into small chunks. Add olives, herbs, cheese and tuna to the pasta and toss to mix. Taste and adjust seasonings. Chill.
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