Pesto Tuna Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

I have never been adventurous with tuna salad.  Nope.  I usually make it with a little mayo, a lot of mustard, and maybe (if I AM feeling adventurous) some chopped carrots and onions.  BORING.

My friend Kelli is going to have a baby in less than 10 days (well, if the mystery-gendered little one decides to come on time).  I posted the cupcakes from her shower last month, but now I thought I would share something that I fell in love with at one of her showers.  My friends, Jenny and Kellie, decided to throw Kelli a baby shower a couple of months ago, and it was at this baby shower that I was introduced to this recipe for tuna salad.  Oh my goodness.  I will never ever go back to the boring version again.  Jenny made this tuna salad and served it with croissants-it was heavenly.    I had to get the recipe from her immediately.  It was that good.

All in all, this is a snap to mix together.  If you have a food processor to make the pesto, it can be made in less than 15 minutes.  It was great to serve at a baby shower, but it also is very good for a light lunch on its own.  SO good, my friends.  And look at those pretty colors.  Nope.  Not boring.  Adventurous and absolutely delicious.

Pesto Tuna Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Servings: about 4 cups of tuna salad


For the basil pesto:

1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed

3 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons pine nuts

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Salt and pepper, to taste

For the tuna salad:

Two 5-ounce cans of Albacore tuna, drained

One 6.5-ounce jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 cup Basil Pesto (see above)

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Salt and pepper, to taste

Croissants, for serving (optional)


1. For the basil pesto:  In your food processor, pulse the basil, garlic cloves, and pine nuts until finely chopped.

2. With the processor running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

3.  Transfer the mixture to a separate bowl and gently stir in the Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.  Set aside.

4. For the tuna salad:  In a medium bowl, combine the tuna, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise.

5.  Add the Basil Pesto until well-combined.

6.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

7.  Cover and refrigerate tuna salad until ready to serve.

Sources:  Basil Pesto from Annie’s Eats, originally from The Comfort of Cooking; Tuna Salad via (Thanks again Jenny!)


















April 21, 2011 - 5:39 am

notyet100 - this looks so delicious,.

April 22, 2011 - 2:44 am

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April 22, 2011 - 3:06 pm

natalie (the sweets life) - YUM! just bookmarked, I haven’t made tuna salad in way too long!

April 23, 2011 - 5:01 am

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April 23, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Brooke - Ohmigosh this looks amazing. And I don’t even love tuna salad that much. These flavors would be great with chicken salad too. Can’t wait to try this!

April 25, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Kelsey - Oh yum! Must make this!

May 3, 2011 - 8:54 pm

Kevin (Closet Cooking) - This tuna salad is just packed with flavour!

May 21, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Katie - I’ve been on the hunt for an outside-the-box tuna salad. This looks WONDERFUL.

June 5, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Holly - I made this recipe, but instead of croissant I put it on dinner roll buns. It was great and we ate the leftovers the next day on Ritz crackers. Thanks for the tasty spin on tuna salad!

June 15, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Julia - Amazing way to change up the standard chicken or tuna salad that is usually served at baby showers!

June 29, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Kristin - Wow, this is delicious! It tastes like a gourmet sandwich!

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January 6, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Janel - I just had the idea for basil pesto and you recipe is the best one I’ve found! I plan on making some basil pesto tuna paninis this weekend – thanks!

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