Recipe for White Bean and Tuna Salad | Almanac.com

White Bean and Tuna Salad

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
6 servings
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Serve this White Bean and Tuna Salad for lunch or as part of a soup-and-salad supper.  It’s a classic combination, healthy, and so easy to make.

We would recommend canned tuna packed in olive oil. Water-packed tuna still works but you’ll need to add a lot of olive oil to help it come together.

This recipe is courtesy of Cooking Fresh With The Old Farmer’s Almanac.


1 red bell pepper, cut into thin 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

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

(Optional: Soften red peppers by boiling in a saucepan of water (uncovered) for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.)


1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons olive oil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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

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