Today is the feast of Saint Anthony of Padua and in honor of the feast I present you with our incredibly underwhelming (but easy!) summer favorite. This pasta salad is one my mother would make often during the summer when we were growing up. It feeds a crowd (cheaply!), isn't labor intensive, and the kids love it. It certainly isn't the fanciest of meals, but we don't do much fancy around here.
So today, rather than the fancy fish dish I had on the menu (it just wasn't happening today. Plus, I had forgotten to buy, you know, fish.) we had my mom's tuna pasta salad and thought of Saint Anthony. Pasta because he was from Italy and tuna because according to the stories, he preached to the fish.
See? Everything counts if you make it count.
This salad is so easy I feel funny calling it an actual recipe. But here it is:
16 oz. elbow macaroni (whole wheat okay)
2 tbsp. olive oil
3-4 cans tuna fish
approximately 1 cup mayonnaise
5-6 stalks celery
salt and pepper to taste
Extras (almonds, olives, shredded carrots, peas, spices, whatever your fancy little heart desires)
Cook and drain the pasta and mix with the oil (the oil isn't necessary but it helps the mayo not soak in too much). Mix that with the drained tuna, the mayo, the diced celery, and the seasoning. Chill in the fridge until dinner! I serve it with carrot sticks or snap peas or some such easy veggie to get the vegetables in. It can be dressed up in loads of different ways. Sometimes I add slivered almonds or onion powder or grapes or shredded carrots or my mom prefers sliced hard boiled eggs and paprika.
I love that you can make it in the morning and chill it in the fridge until dinner which is a lovely, lovely thing on busy, hot summer days. (Sometimes you need to add a bit more mayo if it's been a while.) And there you have it.
An easy but balanced Summer meal for busy summer days. St. Anthony approved.
Linking up with Theresa at Ordinary Lovely to share easy summer meal ideas!
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