Tuna Zucchini-Pasta Salad

Coming into August, I've been hearing so many people say that summer is basically over. Summer just started a month a half ago!  We have another month and a half until we are heading into fall. I wanted to beat these "end of the summer" blues and keep summer alive with a nice, refreshing recipe.

This recipe was inspired by a pasta salad that I used to eat growing up. I decided to use raw, crisp zucchini noodles in the place of pasta and turn it into a delicious meal. You get some added freshness from the use of apples and celery mixed with a little protein and saltiness from the tuna. This would be a perfect lunch or dinner, or you can definitely serve it as a side at a summer picnic or BBQ.

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Here's what you'll need:

-1 very large (or 2 medium sized zucchinis), spiralized using the ribbon noodle blade (if you don't have this option, a standard zucchini noodle will work just fine)
-2 cans of tuna (in water), drained and cut up
-1 granny smith apple, chopped
-4 stalks of celery, chopped
-3 tbsp mayonnaise
-1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
-1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions:

1) Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl. Yes, it's just that simple.
2) Serve right away, topping with extra black pepper if desired, OR refrigerate until ready to serve.
3) Enjoy!

This recipe is super simple, and you may very well have some, if not all, ingredients lying around. I'm a big fan of black pepper, so if you are not, you may want to cut down the 1/2 tsp to 1/4. Let me know if you use this at your next cook out or you make it for a quick meal for yourself! I hope you enjoy, and leave any comments below! Also feel free to sign up for e-mail subscriptions.