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Ensalada de Coditos con Atún (Elbow Pasta Salad with Tuna)

Ensalada de Coditos con atún (Tuna pasta salad) in a small serving platter.
Ensalada de Coditos con Atún (Tuna pasta salad)

This Elbow Pasta Salad with Tuna (Ensalada de Coditos con Atún) is a very classic Dominican recipe. What I love the most about this pasta salad is that you can add any veggies you’d like. Omit the ones you don’t and also use ham or shredded chicken instead of tuna. It is served cold and it’s perfect for parties because you can make it ahead. If you host a lot, you know this is super important.

I grew up with my mom making this dish when we had family get togethers. We always wanted plenty of sides and this was one of them. Others were Potato Salad, Moro, White Rice and Beans.

Ensalada de Coditos con atún (Tuna pasta salad) in a super close shot. You can see every single ingredient. From the pasta, mayo, red onions, red and green peppers.
Ensalada de Coditos con Atún (Tuna pasta salad)

Ensalada de Coditos con atún (Tuna pasta salad) in a small serving platter.

Ensalada de Coditos con Atún (Pasta Salad with Tuna)

This pasta salad is a Dominican and Caribbean classic (with all sorts of variations). This is the one I grew up with and learned from my mom. There is nothing better than being able to take these classics and share them with others. I hope you enjoy!
3.93 from 28 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean, Cuban, Dominican, Latin, Mexican
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Mixing all ingredients: 3 minutes
Servings: 8 people


  • 1 lb elbow pasta
  • 3 tbs mayonnaise add more or less to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 red onion chopped
  • 1/4 green pepper chopped
  • 1/4 red pepper chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 2 4oz cans tuna in water drained as much as possible
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt to taste


  • Boil elbow pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain, cool down and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine cold elbow pasta and all ingredients.
  • Place in fridge and allow to sit for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.


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