Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad
Fast and straightforward to make for lunch or perhaps a mild dinner, this wholesome Tuscan salad places excessive protein entrance and middle with chunks of albacore tuna and white beans tossed with arugula and extra Mediterranean flavors.
It’s not day by day salad wakes me from a lifeless sleep. However this morning, this one did. Not as a result of I used to be hungry—as a result of I wasn’t—however as a result of I sleepily woke to the phrases, sentences, and phrases for this weblog publish forming in my head.
Why I didn’t write all of it down at that second as a substitute of rolling over and going again to sleep is a alternative I’m regretting now.
However this salad? There’s completely nothing to remorse about this salad, nothing in any respect.
How one can Make a Wholesome, No-Mayo Tuna Salad
This straightforward, all-in-one-meal, tuna salad is made with easy components and pantry staples to create a lunch that’s completely contemporary and filling.
I’ve at all times been a tuna salad sandwich fan (additional pickles and potato chips please!), however once I’m leaning into my common work day lunches, salads are most frequently my factor. And due to my well-stocked pantry fundamentals, I at all times have canned tuna available, however don’t want all of the mayo to get pleasure from it.
I exploit chunk white albacore tuna packed in water that flakes in giant chunks moderately than skinny bits such as you would possibly discover in common previous tuna sandwiches. Chunk tuna packed in water is one in every of my pantry staples, however if you happen to want, chunk tuna packed in olive oil is an efficient possibility too.
Recent arugula creates the contemporary, leafy base for this salad and supplies loads of vitamins, however you possibly can at all times select spinach, kale, or perhaps a pink leaf lettuce as a substitute.
Beans are one other pantry staple used right here with Nice Northern white beans, white navy beans or Italian cannellini beans are simply interchangeable right here. Or if you happen to want, garbanzo beans are protein packed and match the Mediterranean taste profile, too.
Canned beans work completely high-quality right here, simply make sure to drain and rinse them totally earlier than utilizing. Crimson onion provides a contact of shade and slightly warmth to this easy salad. I slice it very thinly in rings for slightly visible selection.
Candy cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, briny olives (I used inexperienced olives however pitted kalamata or plain previous black olives would work equally nicely) with a drizzle of a brilliant and fruity olive oil and sprinkling of feta cheese spherical out the Tuscan flavors.
One other nice level about this salad is you possibly can actually combine and match extra Mediterranean or Tuscan components into your salad as nicely like artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, pickled beans, or capers. That’s the factor about cooking, it’s at all times there so that you can make it your individual.
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Tuscan Tuna and White Bean Salad
- four cups arugula, spinach, or different favourite lettuce
- 1 15 ounce can cannellini or Nice Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 5 ounce can white albacore tuna packed in water, drained
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup sliced olives (inexperienced, Kalamata, or your favourite selection)
- Thinly sliced pink onion
- 2 tablespoons fruity, additional virgin olive oil
- ½ lemon
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- Kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper
- In a big bowl or two smaller bowls, mix the arugula, white beans, tuna, tomatoes, olives and and pink onion. Drizzle with the olive oil and the juice from the lemon. Toss to mix. Prime with crumbled feta cheese and season to style with kosher salt and black pepper.
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