Tuna Pasta Salad with Mustard Yogurt Dressing; Bonnie update

One more pasta salad for summer.

This is my personal favorite.

Mon Mari doesn’t really like tuna salad of any sort.

That means, of course, that I get it all for myself and can make it anyway I like.

This is only vaguely similar to the Tuna Salad I grew up with.

I added a fresh tomato…. My mother would have added celery.

I used feta….. My mother would have use American cheese. (Yes, it is a type of cheese… sort of.)

The biggest difference is that I make a dressing using yogurt, mustard and good vinegar.

She used Miracle Whip.

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Tuna Pasta Salad with Mustard Yogurt Dressing

A simple Tuna Pasta Salad with a creamy yogurt dressing rather than mayonnaise.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta Salad


  • 1 1/4 cup (4.2oz, 125gr) bite-size pasta
  • 270gr (9oz) tuna, packed in water, drained
  • 2 hard cooked eggs, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbs chopped, fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) feta cheese, crumbled 
  • 1 large, ripe tomato, cut into chunks
  • Mustard Yogurt Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbs whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbs white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs good olive oil
  • 1 tbs chopped, fresh chives
  • 1 tbs chopped, fresh basil


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. 
  • When done, drain and rinse lightly with cool water. 
  • Make dressing: 
  • Whisk all ingredients together. It will be quite thick.
  • Add half of the dressing to the pasta and toss gently to coat. 
  • Break up tuna and add to pasta along with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Toss lightly to combine. Taste and add as much more dressing as desired. 
  • Serve.


You can use plain yogurt if you like. It won’t be quite as thick.

Keywords: pasta salad, tuna salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

Bonnie’s good days continue to improve and her bad days are not as bad…. We are cautiously optimistic.

Now the challenge is to get her to eat.

And to figure out if she really doesn’t want to eat what I offer or if she’s playing me for more treats.

She turns her nose up – literally, at her dog food, but that’s not surprising. She did that even as a puppy.

She loves cheese, but now it seems like she’ll ignore plain old boring Gruyere but happily scarf down some smelly Brie.

She was initially just eating her pills like treats.

Then she would only eat them with peanut butter.

Now she might be coaxed to eat them with herb & garlic cream cheese.

Chicken? Well, yes…. Grilled teriyaki chicken will be fine.

No to the fancy canned dog food, but yes to a pig ear.

Fortunately, for me, the vet said to give her anything that she’ll eat and not to worry about whether or not it’s too salty or too fatty or too whatever.

He’s a very practical vet…. He doesn’t even make her go into the office. He comes out to the car.

6 thoughts on “Tuna Pasta Salad with Mustard Yogurt Dressing; Bonnie update”

  1. Your vet sounds lovely. Good on him. And I think I’ll make a version of your tuna salad for lunch today — it will be a sort of mashup of this and Nicoise, which is what I was going to make.

  2. Recipe sounds delicious! Glad to hear Bonnie seems to be on the mend. Our fur babies are so special! Love her diet! Haha!

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