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Italian Tuna and Bean Salad

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A quick and easy tuna and bean salad recipe that’s great for lunch or as a light, healthy dinner idea.

Italian tuna and bean salad is one of my favourite quick lunches.

It’s a tuna salad that’s easy to throw together, tasty and the borlotti beans make it a filling salad to eat. It’s great for kickstarting healthy summer eating!

Italian tuna and bean salad ingredients

  • 160g tin of tuna
  • 150g tin borlotti beans – I use the Cirio Borlotti Express beans
  • 2 tbs balsamic salad dressing
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 red onion – finely sliced
  • Little Gem lettuce – finely shredded
  • 1/2 punnet cress
  • 150g cherry tomatoes – halved
  • 1/4 cucumber – sliced

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Italian tuna and bean salad made with borlotti beans, tomatoes, cucumber, salad leaves and dressed with capers and balsamic salad dressing.

How to make tuna and bean salad

  • Drain the tuna and beans and tip them into a small bowl.
  • Add the capers, oregano, red onion and pour over the Balsamic dressing, stir gently to mix everything together.
  • Take two plates and share the lettuce, cress, cucumbers and tomatoes between the them.
  • Tip over the tuna and bean mixture.

Make tuna and bean salad your way

  • Switch the beans for any other type you like or even sweetcorn or chickpeas.
  • Marinate the tuna in pesto and lemon juice instead of Balsamic dressing.
  • Throw in a handful of black olives.

How to serve tuna and bean salad

  • Serve for lunch with some fresh bread.
  • Put into lunch boxes and take to work.
  • As a picnic dish. 

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Yield: Serves 2 (easily doubled)

Italian Tuna and Bean Salad

Italian tuna and bean salad made with borlotti beans, tomatoes, cucumber, salad leaves and dressed with capers and balsamic salad dressing.

Really tasty lunch salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 160g tin of tuna
  • 150g tin borlotti beans - I use the Cirio Borlotti Express beans
  • 2 tbs balsamic salad dressing
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 red onion - finely sliced
  • Little Gem lettuce - finely shredded
  • 1/2 punnet cress
  • 150g cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 1/4 cucumber - sliced

Instructions

  1. Drain the tuna and beans and tip them into a small bowl.
  2. Add the capers, oregano, red onion and pour over the Balsamic dressing, stir gently to mix everything together.
  3. Take two plates and share the lettuce, cress, cucumbers and tomatoes between the them.
  4. Tip over the tuna and bean mixture.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 924mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 11gSugar: 21gProtein: 35g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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