Mediterranean Tuna and White Bean Salad Recipe
If you are looking for an easy, healthy salad, look no further because this one is ideal. Combining the flavors of white beans and tuna, as well as tasty red onion and extra-virgin olive oil, this salad makes a great appetizer, lunch or dinner. Perhaps you could serve some crusty bread on the side.
Freshness is apparent in every bite of this tuna and white bean salad recipe, and the fresh flavor comes from the addition of fresh lemon juice and parsley, both very popular flavors in the Mediterranean along with the wonderful and unique extra-virgin olive oil which binds the mixture together. You can toss all the ingredients together if you like, or arrange the beans on the bottom and the tuna on top. Just make sure you drizzle the dressing over the beans and the tuna when you add it, so everything is moistened.
This salad does not require many different ingredients but that does not mean it lacks flavor. Instead the main flavors (the tuna, beans, red onion and extra-virgin olive oil) shine clearly, and the lemon and parsley sets off these wonderful Mediterranean flavors. Make this ahead if that is more convenient. Make-ahead salads are handy if you have guests over because you can chat to them until the meal is served, instead of being stuck in the kitchen the whole time.
- 6 oz can tuna
- 2½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 19 oz can cannellini beans
- ¼ finely chopped red onion
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Drain and flake the tuna.
- Drain and rinse the beans.
- Stir the extra-virgin olive oil with the salt, pepper and lemon juice.
- Toss the beans with ½ the extra-virgin olive oil mixture and the red onion.
- Divide between 4 chilled serving plates.
- Top with the tuna and drizzle the remaining extra-virgin olive oil mixture on top.
- Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
This attractive tuna salad really conjures up a taste of the Mediterranean. As well as being rich in vitamins, minerals and protein and therefore a very healthy salad to choose, the flavor is perfect. The fish and beans are great together and the onion adds just the right amount of crunch. This makes a satisfying lunch or dinner, and it even travels well if you want to take it to work and eat it for lunch. It is fine at room temperature. Something with a mayonnaise dressing would have to stay refrigerated but oil is different.
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