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Tuna, Sun-Dried Tomato, and White Bean Salad

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Salads like this one often grace the antipasti table at Italy’s trattorias, where it is served as an appetizing first course. The beans make it substantial enough to be the main dish at a supper or lunch, which is how it is offered here. Try to make it a couple of hours ahead so the flavors have a chance to marry.

Simple Tip: Mediterranean cooks have been preserving tuna in olive oil for years. Some domestic brands are now following suit, and you can find them in the canned fish department at the supermarket. Or, look for imported tuna in olive oil at stores with Italian products. You can substitute tuna in vegetable oil or water, if you wish.

4 servings

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, game day

Recipe Courseantipasto/mezze, appetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, high fiber, lactose-free, low saturated fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturesavory

Type of Dishfirst course salad, main course salad

Ingredients

  • 1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Two 15- to 19-ounce cans white kidney (cannellini) beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 6½-ounce can tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked
  • 1/3 cup drained and sliced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil

Instructions

Whisk lemon juice, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper in medium bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil.

Add beans, tuna, tomatoes, onion, and parsley. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors, about 2 hours.

Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. Serve at room temperature.

Variation

Substitute 4 ounces thinly sliced salami, cut into thin strips, for the tuna.

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