Tuna, Rocket & Harissa Pasta Salad

Pasta makes a delicious and quick lunch or dinner dish, but it’s also a wonderful ingredient for creating a light and fresh salad.

This is also a perfect accompaniment to BBQ’s!


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve (if needed)
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, squashed, peeled and halved lengthways
1-2 heaped teaspoons Shemin’s Harissa Spice Blend
Grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
330g of cherry tomatoes, quartered
handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
handful of parsley, finely chopped
handful of rocket, torn
160g can or jar of tuna in olive oil, drained
300g dried short pasta
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Put a large pan of salted water on to boil for the pasta
2. Place all the ingredients, apart from the pasta, in a large bowl (If you plan to serve this cold, omit the rocket at this stage)
3. When the salted water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the packet
4. Drain the pasta, but keep a cup of the cooking water. Tip the hot drained pasta into the bowl of other ingredients. Season with salt and black pepper, and toss well until the heat from the pasta unlocks the flavours of all the aromatics. If necessary, add a splash of the retained pasta cooking water or a splash more olive oil to loosen up
5. Either serve immediately or allow to cool and store in the fridge to serve later. If you do store it in the fridge, do not add the rocket until the last minute and remember to remove from the fridge a few minutes before serving to loosen up the oil. Add a little extra seasoning if needed.


Serves 4

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