This streamlined version of a northern Italian idea is perfect for a summer evening: no-fuss, no-cook and big taste. You can even make it ahead and store it, covered, in the refrigerator for several days. If you do, use it as a wrap filling for the next day's lunch.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine tuna, beans, tomatoes, scallions, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir gently. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Advertisement

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Notes: 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.

When you use canned beans in a recipe, be sure to rinse them first in a colander under cold running water, as their canning liquid often contains a fair amount of sodium.

Nutrition Facts

199 calories; 8.8 g total fat; 1.3 g saturated fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 555 mg sodium. 549 mg potassium; 19.8 g carbohydrates; 6.1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 16.5 g protein; 488 IU vitamin a iu; 11 mg vitamin c; 103 mcg folate; 73 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 21 mg magnesium;

Reviews (40)

Read More Reviews
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2019
I was worried this was going to be really bland but it was actually quite good. I had it over spinach for a quick healthy lunch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2016
Love this very easy recipe to make. The ingredients are probably in your pantry and refrig already. I have made it in a wrap in pita bread and on a toasted English muffin. It is soooooo good. This is something I make all the time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/30/2015
Easy & delicious! This is great as is but I often add fresh herbs (basil dill) and have substituted shallots for scallions. I also sometimes add a bit of zip with a tbsp of chili-garlic sauce. Perfect for a quick lunch without shopping for ingredients. Pros: Takes 5 minutes healthy uses pantry items Read More
Advertisement
Rating: 2 stars
08/03/2014
Gassy This salad was so quick and easy to put together! I absent-mindedly opened one can of tuna and one can of shrimp and I went ahead and used shrimp in place of part of the tuna. The result was delicious and I'm sure it would taste great with all tuna. However this salad gave me a terrible case of indigestion. Pros: Quick Easy Delicious Cons: Indigestible Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2014
Light and delicious I served this delicious salad over greens adding a bit of spice (Cavender's) and a few avocado slices. So refreshing! Pros: easy to prepare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2013
I made this recipe as is very yummy. So easy too. Read More
Advertisement
Rating: 1 stars
05/04/2013
High sodium is NOT heart healthy Any receipe that adds salt is NOT good for you. Pros: Maybe taste but not according to other reviewers Cons: 450 mg of sodium is already 1/3 of daily amount Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/28/2013
Needs more flavor I found this recipe to be bland. I added much more lemon juice and some herbs to give it more flavor. Pros: easy healthy Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/06/2013
Quick fix This was an easy fix. I had it for two days in a row for lunch and threw the rest out because I got tired of the leftover taste however. It is a different twist of tuna salad for those of us that do not like mayo:-) Pros: Quick easy doesn't have mayo Cons: wish it was clean kind of bland needs more seasoning Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2012
perfect and light This was super quick to make! I always have tuna and canned beans in my pantry so making this didn't require a trip to the store to buy the ingredients. Even though the recipe is great just the way it is next time I might use 1tbsp olive oil and 1tbsp newman's own oil&vinegar dressing to add an extra zip. I served this on a bed of romaine and it was a great take to work lunch. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/17/2012
Um yummm! Delicious!! I loved this! I will be making it often. Since it's pretty much 100 degrees outside I wanted a recipe that was easy and no-cook. This was delicious and filling and so simple! I didn't change anything but ate the tuna salad in a pita with shredded romaine and avocado. I will for sure be making this for lunches in the future both in pitas and over salads! Pros: Simple No cook Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2012
Very tasteful This is a great recipe. It was simple to prepare and not a lot of wait time. Excellent flavor. I added celery to it only because I like crunchy things. I think you could also include avocado and it would be tasty. I loved the texture of the white beans. I never had tuna with white beans. This is definitely a winner and I will definitely make it again. Pros: Easy to prepare with not a lot of ingredients Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious tuna salad....this is truly a 7 minute recipe Love it. Great flavor the lemon really gives it that yummy kick I can never make them pretty on the pita bread so I use crackers. I love the recipe this is the second time I try it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I really like this recipe. I decreased the olive oil and couldn't tell any difference in the taste. I also added some fresh dill for extra flavor. It's a definite "keeper." Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Much more flavorful than I expected. I added some peas and some dill and used plain yogurt instead of olive oil. It was delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It was alright. I added a little mayo and raisins to sweeten it up a little. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is awesome! I've always hated mayo so when I first saw "Tuna Salad" I was skeptical but the olive oil really holds it together well. I added some peas to mine for extra deliciousness. It's perfect. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I was going to say that this recipe was just great but the little effort it took.... makes it AMAZING! I love the healthy twist of the white bean and extra fiber and lean protein. I also puree'ed the beans to add more texture and make the creamy contrast with the tomatoes. Was great tasting and amazingly easy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe. Fast easy and delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Haven't tried it yet so I'll go 3 stars. Sounds good. I think I'll use garbanzo beans instead. Any objections to tuna packed in oil? Tastes better to me. I'd omit the olive oil Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved it! I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing. I ate it as an open faced sandwich using Arnold Sandwich Thins toasted. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
At first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it because it sounded like it might be dry but I was wrong. It has such a fresh taste and smell. I put it on Arnold's Flat Bread like someone else had mentioned and it made a great lunch time sandawich...It is definetly a keeper!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So delicious and quick. I added chopped fresh basil and a little dried thyme which added to the Tuscan flavor. My husband who is not a tuna fan absolutely loved it and I think it will be a regular lunch favorite. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent easy to prepare delicious a day later. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Not bad. It was very quick to make and there was just the right amount of lemon juice. I wasn't blown away but it was quick to make and filling so I will probably make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was an excellent tuna salad. It had excellent flavor and texture! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Vegetarian version: ditch the tuna. Add feta. Pinch of oregano. Perfect. Served inside pitas. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
What a simple but good combo for a salad or wrap or side dish Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
fast easy nutritious and delicious! YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
its very good one and we can add new item for people who love spicy food this item is Chili "grean paper" zeina Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
quite tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe to make with the kids! I used albacore instead of chunk tuna zested the lemon and used that along with the lemon juice it called for. I used 2 scallions instead of 4 and added a pinch of thyme and a bit more salt. It turned out great. We had it in wheat flatbreads with some romaine to add some crunch and had a few olives on the side. The only complaint was that the northern beans were a little mealy. Maybe cutting them back a bit or using the cannelini beans it suggested would help this. All-in-all it was a great quick summer meal! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Love that this doesn't use fatning mayo. A great light lunch. Maybe even good on crackers!! What about Hummus as a spread on the bread before the tuna salad goes on. Surprised no one mentioned that yet!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've not made this yet but white beans/tuna is one of my most favorite combos. I love to throw them together with kale for a great pasta topping. I'll add dried rosemary and/or dried oregano when I make this yummy lunch! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Easy to make but a tad bland for my tastes. I added some thyme more lemon and green olives. Great in a pita for lunch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I thought this was DELICIOUS!! I don't think I can have my tuna any other way now. I did the salt to taste instead of going by the recipe. Soooooo yummy!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I LOVED this recipe. I ate it for lunch 4 days in a row. Ate it on a high fiber tomato basil wrap with a couple tablespoons of spicy red pepper hummus. Added the thyme too. SO GOOD!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I made this for lunch today and it was delicious! While it's simple and not full of herbs and spices it's light clean and fresh. The flavors balanced quite well! I made a single serving so I used a single-serving sized packet of light tuna in water and adjusted the proportions of the other ingredients accordingly placed it in half of a pita with Romaine...and it turned out to be something I will absolutely make again. I actually loved the little white beans in there. What a great fresh alternative to regular old tuna salad! Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is also beautiful and tasty made with salmon and red kidney beans. Try using fresh fennel in the salad or minced tarragon for added flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great for lunch The Tuscan-Style Tuna Salad makes a great lunch. My local grocery store was out of canned Great Northern beans so I substituted kidney beans (as did another user) and they worked quite nicely with the other ingredients. The flavor is light but satisfying. I made this recipe the night before and divided into 4 1-cup sized containers to make it an easy grab-and-go lunch. Pros: filling light flavor Read More