Dinner for One: Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon and Thyme

We love this healthy tuna pasta salad recipe for so many reasons. It’s kidney-friendly, ready in a little over 30 minutes and the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. The lemon and thyme in this recipe give the tuna pasta salad a little zest, a lot of flavor, and makes it oh-so-satisfying. If you’re on a special renal diet, including CKD stages 1 and 2, dialysis and CKD Stage 5, transplant, or diabetic, you can lick the tuna pasta salad bowl clean and feel good about it! Now, let’s get cooking!

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Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon and Thyme

Tuna Pasta Salad Ingredients

Serves One

  • 2 TBSP thyme (dried or fresh)
  • 4 tsp chives (chopped)
  • 4 oz pasta (dry, preferably ziti or elbows)
  • 1 pouch albacore white tuna (low sodium, packed in water)
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp canola oil (olive oil works, too)
  • ⅛ tsp garlic (fresh or granulated)
  • 1½ tsp dijon mustard
  • ⅛ tsp dry mustard
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice (we love fresh-squeezed lemon juice)

How to Make Tuna Pasta Salad

  • Cook pasta according to directions (one minute less for al dente)
  • Rinse pasta and place in refrigerator to cool for about 10 minutes
  • While pasta is cooling, drain the tuna
  • In a separate bowl, mix all of the ingredients together (except pasta and tuna)
  • Add pasta and tuna to the mixture, stir and serve

Note: This recipe is low calorie, low cholesterol, low fat, low phosphorous, low potassium, low sodium, dairy free, nut free, halal and kosher.

Tuna Pasta Salad Nutrition Facts

(per serving)

Calories 291
Carbohydrates 45.8 g
Protein 17.4 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Total Fat 3.9 g
Sodium 113.5 mg
Potassium 268.7 mg
Phosphorus 181.1 mg

We love sharing our kidney-healthy recipes with you like this dinner for one tuna pasta salad with lemon and thyme! So, if you’re craving a favorite food, but it’s not on your diet, please let us know. We’ll look into it and try to add it to our list of upcoming recipe blogs. For more kidney-healthy recipes, visit our blog.

Source: https://www.kidney.org/recipes/lemon-thyme-starkist-tuna-pasta-salad

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About Shree Mulay, MD
Shree Mulay, MD, is a nephrologist and co-owner of The Kidney Experts. He went to medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College and completed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Shree manages patients at several West Tennessee Healthcare Hospital locations and serves at numerous dialysis locations across the region. He also sees patients at four kidney care clinic locations. Funny, caring and always wanting to help, Shree is passionate about his practice and devotes much of his time to his patients.

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