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Cooking Fresh: White Bean and Tuna Salad

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I am thrilled about this White Bean and Tuna Salad recipe. It is light and healthy and the recipe makes enough for a dinner and several lunches. Paired with a piece of French bread, it’s a hearty and delicious meal.

Not long ago, I stopped being a vegetarian. This was after almost two years. This is one of the dishes I have been enjoying since ceasing my meat-free existence. It’s from a great cooking magazine filled with fresh recipes called Cooking Fresh from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

I wanted to make this White Bean and Tuna Salad recipe for several reasons:

a.) The picture included with the recipe is to die for. See?

Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner


b.) I love tuna. Even as a vegetarian, I loved tuna. I didn’t eat tuna, but I still loved it.

c.) Olives. So many olives.

d.) Cannellini beans are under-used and under-appreciated. Seriously, they are delicious.

e.) I love salads that are more than the following: combine series of vegetables, especially the green leafy kind, add dressing.

White Bean and Tuna Salad Recipe
See printable recipe here.


1 red bell pepper, cut into this strips

2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) solid white tuna, drained

4 cups cooked cannellini beans

5 scallions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


1/2 teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

6 tablespoons olive oil

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Boston or romaine lettuce

1-1/2 cups pitted black Greek or Italian olives, cut into quarters

For salad:

Put the red pepper into a saucepan, add water to cover, and place over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.

Flake the tuna into a large bowl. Add the beans, scallions, red pepper, and basil. Stir to blend, then sprinkle with lemon zest.

I dare say that this, by itself, is delicious. If you don’t like dressing, stop here. But add the olives. Always add the olives. 


For dressing:

Using a pestle and small mortar, work the salt and garlic into a paste.

When you don’t have a pestle and mortar, a muddle and bowl work in a pinch. 

Add the lemon juice and stir with the pestle until the salt is dissolved.

Transfer the paste to a small bowl. Gradually add the oil, whisking constantly. Season with black pepper and whisk to blend.

Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss to coat.

Serve on a bed of lettuce and top with black olives.

Makes 6 servings.

My photo may not look as good (I and my iPhone never claimed to be professionals…), but it was delicious!

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