When you take a look at the picture above you might think it looks like your average tuna pasta salad, but you're wrong my dear readers! This simple pasta salad is not heavily coated with your typical mayo dressing, but rather it has good-for-you hummus and vitamin filled avocado (amongst other ingredients). This is a recipe that I came up with while I was chatting with my mom about what to make for lunch. She kept talking about wanting to eat avocado, and then I opened the fridge and saw hummus. For some reason the two clicked! Goes to show you, you just never know when you will come up with a recipe! The end product was great! Really a refreshing twist on the old stand-by favourite. Also, really good if you're watching your waist-line, since there is no mayo in it. I suggest eating this within two days since there is avocado, it tends to brown quickly. Enjoy!

Serves 4

Pasta Salad Ingredients:
  • 3 cups fusilli pasta, cooked
  • 1 stalk of celery with the herby part on top
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • large handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 or 2 (170g) can(s) of tuna, packed in water

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup store-bought low-fat hummus
  • Half a ripe avocado
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp light sour cream (or can use light mayo)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

In a large bowl, assemble all of the pasta salad ingredients. Toss gently to combine, and set aside for now.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients, and whisk it until it comes together nicely. Pour some of the dressing over the pasta salad, and toss gently; then keep adding more dressing until you're satisfied with the taste. So I suggest here, taste as you go! You may not need to use all of the dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and keep it cold in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Yum!

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