Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad

Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad

Normally I like to plan the weeks meals ahead and have recipes written and a grocery list ready for shopping on the weekend. This week however I did not have the chance to prepare and I have been winging it. At times like these it is always good to fall back on pantry staples. I always seem to have cans of tuna and beans in my pantry/cupboard and I was thinking that a tuna and bean salad would be a nice place to start. My first thought was to go with a mayonnaise based creamy dressing but I wanted something a bit lighter having just got back from my vacation and I decided to go with a simple lemon and mustard vinaigrette. Of course some fresh vegetables and herbs brighten up any salad and I picked some up on the way home from work. The salad was quick and simple to make which was nice as I have been pretty busy and it tasted good as well. Overall it was a nice light meal.

Ingredients:
1 6 ounce can water packed tuna (drained and flaked)
1 19 ounce can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
1 small red onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 handful chopped parsley
1 handful kalamata olives (pitted and chopped, optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1 handful salad greens

Directions:
1. Mix the tuna, beans, onion, garlic and parsley in a bowl.
2. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl.
3. Mix the dressing and the tuna and beans.

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37 comments:

Bridgett said...

This salad is one of my favorites by far. It is hearty yet light. Beautiful job!

Debbie said...

Looks delicious. Perfect with some crispy bread on the side!

meeso said...

Great profile pic! This is one awesome looking salad!

Manger La Ville said...

I just found my meal for tomorrow night. So thank you. I have a can of tuna in oil from Italy that are just waiting for this salad.

Katrina said...

Welcome back (I'm a little late!) Sounds like an amazing trip! So happy to see your food and recipes once again.

Cheryl said...

I have never heard of that before, my husband loves beans of any kind and of course tuna salad! Great idea!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A healthy, tasty and gorgeous salad! I love beans!

Cheers,

Rosa

Dee said...

Yay, you're back! Looks like you had a blast - the new profile picture is great, and the photos look like something out of a guidebook :)

Tuna salad is always a lovely meal.

Happy cook said...

WOw you are well organized with your weekly menu.
Wish i wa slike that.
Salade looks delicious and wholesome

Elra said...

Kevin,
I am the same way, I make menu for the whole week, then go grocery shopping, but I like to go grocery twice a week if not more (because I don't like to clutter my fridge) and go to farmer's market once a week. All of them are so close by, so I don't have to drive that far.

I am loving this recipe. Not just healthy but it also very delicious and good looking too.

Hilary said...

I bet this would be good with black beans too.

Beachlover said...

what a nice color salad!!.Kevin you look different from your previous photo.

Beachlover said...

sorry welcome back ,Kev

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

i havent try cannellini beans! But it looks great and healthy! This is what I call pantry-ready :)

Kitt said...

Nice! I've got a bunch of dried Cellini beans (I bought a bag from Rancho Gordo for cooking, but planted some on a lark. Now I've got 10 times as many beans). This sounds like a good recipe to try them with.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Sometimes pantry meals are really nice, like that one. It looks really fresh. I like the pictures of Greece on your sidebar!

Helena said...

You're back on! My husband and I were just talking about your fish and chips! So lovely! (drool...)

VeggieGirl said...

Gorgeous salad!!

Jin Hooi said...

Welcome back Kevin(oppss.. i am a little bit late huh !)Love your trip pics.

Btw, this salad looks yummy.

Steph said...

Looks great! I like how you made your own dressing.

CECIL said...

Even when you just wing it, it looks pretty darn yum!! I have always loved cannellini beans.

maybelle's mom said...

i love cannellini beans on salad. yum.

Dhanggit said...

i love salad like this, easy, simple and to top it all delicious!

Gloria said...

Dear Kevin I said in the other post welcomme and Im happy you come back we miss you!!!This recipes is really tasty, love it!!! xGloria

Darius T. Williams said...

Yet - another classic from the man!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

noobcook said...

sounds like an easy and delicious salad. I need to learn to plan my meal a week ahead like you :P

Maria said...

Great salad, especially for winging it!

Deborah said...

Doesn't it always seem like you need to eat light for a week after vacation!?! This looks like a beautiful, filling, yet light salad!

Rosie said...

Looks delicious Kevin!! One very tasty salad!!

Rosie x

nicole said...

Ohhh yummy! Everything looks good that you make though.

chocolate shavings said...

I have a newfound love of beans, so this salad is really inspiring!

www.chocolateshavings.ca

emily said...

welcome back! The new profile picture looks great. What a fun trip!

Pam said...

I love main dish salads!

~Madeline~ said...

I love cannellini beans and am always looking for new recipes to make with them. This salad sounds nice and light but filling at the same time. Great for lunch or a light dinner.

kamailesfood said...

This salad looks wonderfully refreshing. I love it when you can just wing it from the pantry.

Esi said...

I really need to start doing the whole planning thing too. This salad looks good. You have some nice things on hand!

Bellini Valli said...

This is one of those amazing salads you make so well Kevin!!

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