(High Protein) Citrus Tuna Pasta & Arugula Salad


This (High Protein) Citrus Tuna Pasta & Arugula Salad takes canned tuna to the next level! It takes about 10 minutes to make, is vibrant with fresh seasonal flavors, and makes a delicious meal prep lunch for the Summer season.

What is Van Ecuador?

Van Ecuador is on a mission to provide the highest quality and freshest tuna that is shelf stable.

What makes Van Ecuador's canned tuna different from other brands?

Van Ecuador's tuna is caught in the Pacific Ocean and canned immediately to provide the excellent flavor. They only offer solid tuna, larger and firmer pieces with fewer flakes, in contrast to smaller pieces that often come shredded.

  • Wild Caught
  • Premium Tuna
  • Solid Tuna Packed in Oil
  • Omega-3 Fats
  • Great source of natural lean protein
  • Canned immediately after being caught

Where to find Van Ecuador?

You can shop online at Amazon (click the image below for easy redirect) or find out more on their website at www.vanecuador.us.

What are the health benefits of canned tuna?

  • Great source of lean protein
  • Omega-3 fats (which may help reduce level of omega-6 fatty acids and LDL cholesterol that accumulates inside heart arteries)
  • Selenium & other essential nutrients

Why should you add adequate protein to your daily diet?

Disclaimer: I am not a certified dietician nor nutritionist. Please consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet.

A high protein diet (or simply adding adequate protein to every meal) can offer numerous health benefits. Some include helping wit weight loss, helping you feel more satisfied and "full" after each meal, help you gain muscle, and improve your body composition and metabolic health. In addition, your body needs protein to help repair cells and make new ones.

How to store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

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(High Protein) Citrus Tuna Pasta & Arugula Salad

Only have 10 minutes to spare for lunch? Then look no further! This fresh Summer salad takes canned tuna to the next level and is vibrant with fresh seasonal flavors.



Servings: 3

For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp. Honey, or Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

For the Salad:

  • 1 12.5-oz Van Ecuador Tuna in Oil
  • 3 cups Baby Arugula
  • 1 cup Penne Pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup Green Olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Basil, chopped
  • (Optional) 1 Navel Orange, thinly sliced and peeled
  • (Optional) Avocado, thinly sliced


  1. To make the dressing, simply whisk together all ingredients until well-combined. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Carefully open the canned tuna and either drain or reserve the oil for another recipe.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the drained tuna and homemade dressing. Use a fork to lightly break up the tuna and coat evenly in the dressing. Add the remaining ingredients and use salad tongs to toss until well-combined. Enjoy!

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