Tuna and White Bean Salad

  • Active Time 5m
  • Total Time 5m
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Serves 4

Purists would insist on imported Italian canned tuna fish for this Tuscan classic, but we think plain old tuna from the supermarket is just fine, too. However, make sure the fish is packed in oil; not only will the tuna be infinitely more flavorful, we use the oil as part of the dressing.


  • 2 6-ounce cans tuna packed in oil
  • 3 cups drained and rinsed canned white beans, preferably cannellini beans (from 2 15-ounce cans)
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers
  • 2 bunches watercress (about 3/4 pound), tough stems removed and leaves chopped (about 2 quarts)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper


Place the tuna with its oil, the beans, onion, capers, watercress, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.

Tip: Since there are so few ingredients in this simple salad, you'll want to use really good canned beans; lower-quality beans are mushy. Among the many fine brands, we find Goya to be consistently reliable.</LI>
 <LI>If your tuna has less than 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil per can, add a little extra olive oil to make up the difference. We're counting on that much oil as part of the dressing.</LI> VARIATIONS: <LI>Use arugula instead of the watercress.</LI>
 <LI>Try canned sardines instead of the tuna.</LI> WINE RECOMMENDATION:
 Vernaccia di San Gimignano, from the vineyards surrounding the oft-pictured hilltop town of San Gimignano, is a refreshing and racy wine. Its subtle almond flavors will blend well with the earthiness of the beans.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 2913

nutrition information per serving

479 calories; 14g total fat; 15mg cholesterol; 862mg sodium; 47g carbohydrates; 11g fiber; 41g 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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