Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
24 Mins
Total Time
24 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cups)

Sure, premium oil-packed tuna is a splurge, but the texture and rich flavor are worth it.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a large colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Rinse pasta under cold water; drain. Drain tuna, reserving 2 tablespoons oil. Grate 2 teaspoons rind from lemon; squeeze 3 tablespoons juice. Combine reserved oil, rind, and juice in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add pasta to oil mixture, tossing to coat. Fold in tuna and apple. Remove fronds from fennel bulb; finely chop fronds to measure 3 tablespoons. Remove and discard stalks. Thinly slice fennel bulb. Stir fronds and sliced fennel into pasta mixture. Add reserved pasta liquid and 1/2 teaspoon salt, tossing to coat pasta salad evenly.

Step 2

Sustainable Choice: Industry label regulations require solid white tuna to be from the albacore variety.

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Ratings & Reviews

keswvi's Review

October 03, 2012
Grilled the tuna, instead of canned; whole wheat rotini, instead of penne; and a little more lemon; easy and very good!

BillieW80's Review

October 18, 2011

christie629's Review

October 05, 2011
I made this for my family last night and it was NOT a hit. My husband and I both thought it was 'ok' but not a recipe to put in rotation. Neither of my kids liked it. In all fairness the quality of tuna I think is a big consideration in the final outcome. My local grocery doesn't carry jarred tuna - all I could find was the canned tuna although it was solid white albcore.

Monica3's Review

September 04, 2011
Another hit from Cooking Light. I loved this recipe. The apple and fennel flavor combo was fantastic, while the rinsed pasta and the room-temperature ingredients make this an ideal dish for warm days. It was quick to make--it took about 20 minutes from start to finish and the hands-on prep time came to about 10 minutes. Highly recommend.