Tuna Salad with White Beans

Tuna salad with white beans is an elegantly simple dish that can be prepped in minutes. Full of protein and healthy fat, it will leave you satisfied but not sluggish.

A black bowl filled with tuna salad with white beans, red onion, and parsley on a wooden table.

This is a simple, inexpensive salad that I often have for lunch, as I always have the majority of ingredients on hand. For a little acidity, add a handful of halved cherry tomatoes at the end.–Stanley Tucci

*Should I use tuna packed in oil or water?

You can use either, although truthfully, tuna packed in oil is going to bring far more inherent flavor to your resulting dish. You can even use the drained oil from the tuna in place of part of the extra-virgin olive oil.

Tuna Salad with White Beans

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • Serves 2 to 3
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In a large bowl, gently combine the tuna, beans, and onions.

Tester tip: It seems everyone feels a little differently about how much onion to include in tuna salad. Tailor to your tolerance. And if you soak your sliced onion in cold water for 10 minutes, it’ll take the edge off its bite.

Add the salt, pepper, olive oil, and fresh parsley and gently toss.

Stir in the cherry tomatoes and lemon juice, if desired.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This recipe produces a pretty, protein-filled salad with a minimum of effort and no real skill required. As such, it deserves a place in my files for those nights when I come home late and I'm too tired to cook. I did add the cherry tomato halves. When I tossed in some chopped green pepper I found while scrounging in the refrigerator for the tomatoes and heated some French bread, the dish was determined to be nutritious, flavorful, and altogether satisfying.

As written, the recipe provided 2 servings but the addition of the bread and a larger amount of vegetables could stretch the servings to 3 or 4.

One of the easiest meals you can make with simple ingredients that you always have on hand. I like it seasoned with some lemon juice.

If you want, some variations are possible: replace the bean with chickpeas, the parsley with cilantro, and lime juice in place of lemon. You can also add some red pepper, tomato, or even a boiled egg. The result is always a delicious and satisfying salad with a fresh flavor, ready in minutes!


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