Simple Tuna, Kidney Bean and Potato Salad
This makes a fantastic lunch if you want something which has lots of flavor but that you can throw together in twenty minutes. The potato will be done in about fifteen minutes, and you can have the tuna and bean mixture on the plate in that time. Add the potatoes and a dollop of mayonnaise, or sour cream if you prefer, and you have a beautiful lunch all ready to eat. This also makes a nice salad in the warmer months.
This recipe is quite healthy, offering the protein and all the other health benefits of tuna, as well as the protein from the beans and corn, and the energy from the potato. The lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil makes a flavorful, simple dressing, and the chili powder spices the salad up a bit.
Perhaps you have a can of flavored tuna (like the kind which has herbs, or a spiced one) in which case you can modify the recipe, omitting the spices or flavors which the tuna has. If you are just using plain tuna in oil or water though, simply drain it and flake it a bit with a fork. It is then ready to use.If you are using plain corn then throw in some chopped cooked peppers (or roasted ones) too. Make this salad your own by tweaking it.
- 6½ oz chunk tuna
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ½ finely chopped red onion
- 7 oz red kidney beans, drained
- 5½ oz corn mixed with chopped peppers
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 peeled, chopped large potato
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- Fresh parsley sprigs, for garnish
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Boil the potato until tender in salted water, then drain and let it cool.
- Drain the tuna and corn.
- Stir the tuna with the onion, kidney beans and corn in a bowl.
- Season well with salt and pepper.
- Divide between 2 chilled salad plates.
- Add the cooled potato.
- Drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the tuna mixture and sprinkle with chili powder.
- Add a dollop of mayonnaise and garnish with fresh parsley.
This is a brilliant idea for a salad. Not only do you have the hearty flavor of tuna, beans and corn, but while you are combining those ingredients you can also boil some potato and have potatoes on the side. Serve the potatoes warm if you are keen to start eating and do not want to wait for the potato chunks to cool. Either way, this is a delicious salad. If you want to take this to work with you, you can, but take a sachet of mayonnaise or dressing and add it when you are ready to eat. The other ingredients are fine if they are allowed to come to room temperature.
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