Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad

Dinner salad with tuna, white beans and salad toppings makes easy work for a healthy, summery light eating with the  bulk of the salad made early in the day.

Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad

Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad

By Sue Lau | Palatable  Pastime

My recipe of the day is for an Italian Tuscan style tuna salad with white cannellini beans made as a healthy dinner salad, posted in collaboration with other bloggers as part of National Salad Month.

Quite simple to make, it is composed  of fish with a marinated bean salad in which the dressing   from the bean salad also  acts as the dressing for the salad itself. Adding  in a few extra vegetables rounds it out  for a quick and easy supper if you marinate ahead, and you won’t have to worry about making an extra salad dressing.

It is perfect for warm weather eating since you don’t have to heat the house  up by turning on the stove or oven. Of  course, if you wanted to, you could also grill some  fresh tuna and brush the fish as it cooks with a little  of the dressing or a bit of olive oil.

Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad

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Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad

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Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Course Main, Salads
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 8 ounces mixed salad greens
  • 12 ounce can solid white tuna packed in oil drained
  • 15 ounces can cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon basil pesto
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

Other toppings as desired:

  • sliced red onion
  • pitted black olives
  • diced tomatoes
  • pepperoncini
  • shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Rinse and drain beans and marinate in vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, garlic paste, pesto, parsley and grated Parmesan cheese for several hours or overnight.
  • Break tuna into chunks.
  • Place tuna, drained beans and other toppings on lettuce, using extra bean marinade to serve as a salad dressing.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword Dinner Salads, fish
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Tuscan Tuna And White Bean Salad

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