Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  266
  • Protein  13 g
  • Carbohydrates  21 g
  • Fat  14 g
  • Cholesterol  15 mg
  • Sodium  136 mg
  • Potassium  150 mg
  • Phosphorus  104 mg
  • Calcium  17 mg
  • Fiber  1.3 g

Tuna Pasta Salad

DaVita dietitian Heather shares one of her family’s favorite recipes, Tuna Pasta Salad. She’s modified the recipes to reduce phosphorus and sodium making it kidney-friendly, while maintaining the flavor of comforting, old-fashioned cooking.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Heather from Georgia.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 3/4 cup


  • 2 cups cooked bow-tie pasta
  • 1/4 cup celery
  • 2 tablespoons yellow bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium Italian salad dressing
  • 5 ounces canned low-sodium tuna in water


  1. Chop celery, bell pepper and green onion.
  2. Combine cooked pasta, celery, bell pepper, onion and lemon zest in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and salad dressing.
  4. Pour dressing over pasta mixture.
  5. Add tuna to pasta mixture.
  6. Mix gently until all ingredients are moist and well blended.
  7. Refrigerate one hour to let flavors blend.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Macaroni can be substituted for bow-tie pasta.
  • Make low-sodium dressing using the Italian Dressing recipe on or shop for Italian dressing with lowest sodium content. Powdered dressing mix is a good choice because the sodium can be adjusted by using less of the mix.
  • If low-sodium tuna is unavailable, reduce sodium in regular tuna by rinsing for one minute.

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Tuna Pasta Salad

aerikalewis says:


Just made this last night and it was pretty good. I made the Italian salad dressing from the recipe on this site and used albacore tuna. Very nice.

Dec. 17, 2012, 7:19 AM - Inappropriate review?

Tuna Pasta Salad

TLJ911 says:


Tasty and easy. I might cut down on the lemon zest a little next time, as I felt it overwhelmed the dish a little.

Feb. 28, 2012, 10:11 AM - Inappropriate review?

Tuna Pasta Salad



I think this recipe is excellent. The kidney patient I made it for agrees. I made no changes to the recipe.

Aug. 05, 2010, 8:31 PM - Inappropriate review?

Tuna Pasta Salad

JPRD says:


Made this for a 'Summer Salad' tasting day at our unit. We used the mini bowtie pasta, which made it look nice. Good recipe.

Jul. 03, 2009, 1:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

Tuna Pasta Salad

Teechie says:


Easy and not time consuming.

May. 26, 2009, 1:24 PM - Inappropriate review?

Tuna Pasta Salad

jaynjay says:


Tastes good! I substituted Miracle Whip for the mayo and it gave it a different flavor. Easy to do in large quantities for a group.

May. 28, 2008, 9:32 AM - Inappropriate review?

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