Tuna and Avocado Pasta Salad

Recipe posted in: Nutrisystem Food Hacks, Lunches, Main Courses
Tuna and Avocado Pasta Salad on a plate

Pump up the protein at lunchtime with a hearty meal that comes together in minutes! Creamy avocado, flavorful tuna and crunchy cucumbers unite in a savory pasta salad that’s filling and flavorful. Using one of the most popular Nutrisystem meals of all time, this classic dish is transformed into a lightened-up protein powerhouse that any seafood lover will crave. Learn how to make the perfect tuna pasta salad with this easy and simple recipe!

To make this tasty lunch, get started by grabbing a package of Nutrisystem’s Classic Tuna Salad from your pantry. Empty it into a bowl, then add a half-cup each of cooked whole wheat pasta and chopped cucumbers. Throw in a few thin slices of red onion and a quarter of a chopped avocado. Season with a tablespoon of chopped cilantro and black pepper to taste. Finally, toss the ingredients together until well combined. Chill if desired, grab a fork and enjoy!

This Avocado Tuna Pasta Salad recipe makes one serving, so you don’t have to worry about going overboard with your portion sizes. Enjoy the whole bowl to yourself! It clocks in at 294 calories.

Losing weight on Nutrisystem? Log this dish as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, two Extras and half of a Vegetable serving.

Healthy Hacks

If you’d like this recipe to count as a full Vegetable serving, double up the cucumbers and use a full cup instead. You could also add in other non-starchy veggies that you enjoy, such as diced red or green bell peppers or more red onions.

Not a fan of cilantro? Swap in other fresh herbs that you love in its place! Try this recipe with fresh basil, parsley or even mint for a different flavor profile.

While we use a whole wheat rotini as our pasta of choice, it’s perfectly fine to substitute another high-fiber noodle that you have on hand. Make this dish a tuna macaroni salad by using macaroni-shaped whole wheat pasta. Whole wheat pasta shells are also delicious in a pasta salad, as they have lots of nooks and crannies that capture ingredients and hold in flavor. Farfalle or bow tie pasta is also a popular pick for pasta salads.

Even More Healthy Recipes

Looking for more creative and delicious ways to prepare your Nutrisystem Classic Tuna Salad? Try our Open-Faced Tuna Melt recipe! It features crusty sourdough bread piled high with savory tuna, tomato, onion and melty provolone cheese.

If you loved this seafood specialty, we have plenty of other healthy fish recipes that you will enjoy! Get inspired by some of our most popular fish recipes below:

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Servings: 1

Calories per Serving: 294

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 2 Extras and ½ Vegetable


  • 1 package Nutrisystem® Tuna Salad
  • ½ cup cooked whole wheat pasta
  • ½ cup cucumber, quartered and sliced
  • 3-4 thin slices of red onion
  • ¼ avocado, chopped
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Toss to combine.
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