The time-honored Italian pairing of canned tuna and cannellini beans makes a super-simple, satisfying lunch. Serve over salad greens, on grilled whole-wheat country bread or tucked in a whole-wheat pita pocket.

Ruth Cousineau
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 1998


Recipe Summary

10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add beans, tuna, onion, parsley and basil; toss to coat well.



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

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 Facts

223 calories; protein 16.9g; carbohydrates 23g; dietary fiber 6.6g; sugars 2.8g; fat 7.5g; saturated fat 1.1g; cholesterol 15.3mg; vitamin a iu 367.7IU; vitamin c 9.5mg; folate 11.6mcg; calcium 81.8mg; iron 2.8mg; magnesium 14.6mg; potassium 128.9mg; sodium 532.2mg.

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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Quick Healthy Dinner This is a great dish because it is good for you and is easy to make. I highly recommend this dish. Pros: Easy and healthy. Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
After you've combined all the ingredients let the salad marinate 20-30 minutes before serving. I added some roasted pine nuts and chopped mint leaves (instead of basil as I didn't have any) had it with some toasted bread so very delightful. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I added some tomato and feta Great light taste! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I'll be making this the next time I have white beans on hand. I've always wanted to make a lighter tuna salad to stuff in a pita and this is it! And I will probably do what the first commenter did and add feta. Feta makes everything better! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
While this salad was easy to make I found it bland and "dry". Eating Well has far better salads you should try instead. We used tuna packed in water so we'll use another fish and oil next time I guess. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Amazing! Love Love Love this recipe!!!!! Light and full of flavor great on a bed of bib lettuce drizzled with olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper and salt. Pros: healthy and delicious Cons: none Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Use good quality tuna Buy quality tuna full chunk in water or olive oil and triple the garlic or you won't even taste it. Pros: Quick and easy and great for warm weather Cons: Avoid cheap cans of tuna Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I made this recipe exactly as written. It was delicious inexpensive and easy to put together. I used a high quality tuna and I felt like that made a difference. I will definitely make this again and I'd like to try it with tuna packed in oil as another reviewer mentioned. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Perfect Nutritious Meal for a Hot Summer's Day Made this for a light meal on a 100 degree summer's day. It couldn't be easier and just what I was looking for with not much energy to cook and not much of an appetite due to the heat. Added 1 1/2 cups of cherry tomatoes for color. I will definitely be filing this one in my recipe collection! Pros: Quick. Easy. Cheap. Nutritious. Filling. Vegetarian. Great for a picnic or BBQ. Cons: Absolutely none! Read More