Tuscan Tuna & White Bean Salad

Tuscan Tuna & White Bean Salad

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1995

Juicy fresh tomatoes replace some of the usual olive oil in this traditional tuna and white bean salad.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans (cannellini or Great Northern), rinsed
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley, preferably Italian flat-leaf
  • 1 12-ounce can (or two 6-ounce cans) chunk light tuna in water, drained and flaked (see Note)


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  1. Whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic and rosemary in a bowl. Add beans, tomatoes and parsley and toss together. Gently stir in tuna.
  • Note: Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 161 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 12 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 62 mcg folate; 20 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 498 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 54 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 286 mg sodium; 360 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 2 lean meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 3

October 09, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Refreshingly light and easy I really enjoyed this! It was super easy to fix, and really light for a late supper! This could be modified in so many ways! Next time I'll add onions and maybe dill instead of rosemary, and possibly some Dijon to the dressing! Lots of possibilities! Pros: Easy to fix Cons: None
August 21, 2012
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I substituted baby bell peppers, finely chopped, for the tomatoes. I also used pinto beans instead of a white bean. I did not have fresh parsley, but after tasting the mixture I had an excellent idea! I placed some chopped lettuce in a bowl and spooned some of the tuna/bean mix on top. This was a refreshing, delicious salad! Very filling and flavorful! I will share this recipe with family and friends :)
March 29, 2010
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