James Strawbridge's Packed Lunch Tuna Pasta Salad

James Strawbridge's Packed Lunch Tuna Pasta Salad

Go straight to the top of the class with this A* tuna pasta salad recipe. Perfect for lunchboxes of big and little kids everywhere.
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Serves 4


For the tuna salad:

250g tuna steak
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of black sesame seeds
200g fusilli with spinach pasta
160g sweetcorn
½ red pepper, diced
½ red onion, sliced
2 tbsp mayo


For the crudites:

2 carrots, sliced
½ red pepper, sliced
½ cucumber, sliced
Pot of houmous


Fruit & Snacks:

Sourdough crackers

Hand cooked crisps

Kiwi fruit



  1. Cook your pasta in salted water for 7 mins until al dente. Strain and allow to cool.
  2. Drizzle the tuna with oil and season with salt and black sesame seeds. Sear your tuna in a hot non-stick frying pan for 2-3 mins on each side. Allow to cool and carve into thin strips.
  3. Toss the cooked pasta with diced pepper, sweetcorn, sliced red onion and mayonnaise. Season to taste.
  4. Add the pasta and strips of tuna to your packed lunchbox along with vegetable dippers, houmous, fruit and extra snacks.