No. 71: Tuna & White Bean Salad

Yesterday I ate a very sad lunch: a Lean Cuisine pizza and a bag of Pop Chips.

I'm not proud.

I was determined to do better the rest of the week, starting with using some of the leftover white beans I had cooked for our Mediterranean soup. It was the perfect base for some yummy, healthy eats.

Tuna and White Bean Salad

This salad is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.


Serves 4
2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
5 ounces baby spinach*
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
2 cans (5 ounces each) solid white tuna, drained and broken into chunks
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Crusty bread or crackers, for serving

*I chose romaine since it was in my fridge and needed to be used!

To make

In a medium saucepan, combine beans, 2 tablespoons oil, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high, stirring, until beans are warm, about 4 minutes; remove pan from heat.

In a large bowl, combine spinach, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 teaspoon vinegar; season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

Divide spinach among plates. Transfer beans to bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon vinegar, tuna, onion, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Top spinach with bean and tuna mixture and serve with bread.

The results

Such a satisfying but light lunch. I felt very virtuous as I ate it (even when I added a few Wheat Thins on the side).


But truthfully, it was pretty delicious. The red wine vinegar/tuna combo was new to me and I'll definitely be repeating it. It's incredibly packable for an office lunch as well.

And no need to use a saucepan. If you want to heat your oil and beans in the microwave, you'll save even more time putting this together.

Stay tuned for even more ways to use white beans!

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

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