If you have leftovers, refrigerate them, but be sure to bring the salad back to room temperature before serving it again, or the dressing will be thick and lumpy.
- For the Salad:
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen tuna steaks, 1/2 inch thick, or two 6-1/2-ounce cans solid white tuna, drained and broken into chunks
- Olive oil or salad oil
- 8 ounces penne or other dried, shaped pasta
- 1/2 cup olive oil or salad oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 19-ounce can cannellini beans or one 15-ounce can Great Northern beans drained and rinsed
- 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 of a medium yellow sweet pepper, cut into thin bitesize strips
- For the Dressing:
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
FOR THE SALAD:
If using tuna steaks, thaw if frozen. Measure thickness of fish. Brush each side of tuna with oil. Broil tuna for 4-6 minutes per 1/2 inch thickness, or till tuna flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning once. Slice tuna diagonally into thin strips.
In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to a boil. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 12-14 minutes, or till al dente, stirring occasionally. (Or, cook according to package directions.) Immediately drain.
In a large bowl, combine cooked fresh or canned tuna, hot cooked pasta, beans, tomatoes and sweet pepper.
FOR THE DRESSING:
In a screw-top jar combine 1/2 cup olive oil or salad oil, lemon juice, shallots, basil, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over pasta mixture; toss gently and serve.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
452 calories; 20g total fat; 27mg cholesterol; 312mg sodium; 45g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 21g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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