White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley
This White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley is a fun idea for using canned tuna, and this is a tasty lunch any time of year! Please don’t be skeptical about the parsley, because it’s the tuna and parsley combination that makes this so good.
White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley is a favorite recipe of mine for a quick lunch salad, and if you’ve never thought of combining these ingredients, you might be surprised what a delicious lunch salad this is. In the early days of my blog I discovered Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link), which changed my way of thinking about canned tuna forever. That tuna plus my love of parsley and lemon inspired this delicious tuna salad.
I updated the photo for this recipe in the summer of 2011, when I had plenty of fresh parsley from the garden, but parsley is an herb that’s available and inexpensive all year from the grocery store, and I love that this salad uses ingredients I always have on hand. If you’d like a lower carb option, try it with some chopped celery and more tuna for a lower-carb version.
How to Make White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley:
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- I use Cannellini beans for the salad, but most any white beans will work. Rinse beans and let them drain well.
- Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and fresh ground black pepper to make the dressing.
- Put the beans in a bowl and add the dressing. Let beans marinate while you drain the tuna and chop the parsley and onion.
- I use the same mini-colander to drain the tuna.
- I use a generous amount of parsley, probably a packed cup of chopped parsley, but if you’re not that much of a parsley fan you can use less.
- Chop up some sliced green onion or chopped red onion, whichever you prefer.
- Gently stir the chopped parsley, sliced green onion, and drained tuna into the marinating beans.
- Season to taste with more salt and fresh ground black pepper if desired and serve immediately.
More Tasty Salads with Parsley:
Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic and Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Quinoa Tabbouli Salad with Parsley and Mint ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Kalyn’s Tabbouli with Almonds ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
- one 15.5 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained well
- one 5 0z. can tuna in olive oil (see notes)
- 1 cup chopped curly parsley (more or less to taste)
- 1/4 cup sliced green onion (see notes)
- 3 T good quality extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- black pepper and sea salt to taste
- Put beans in colander and rinse well with cold water, until no more foam appears. Let drain, then pat dry with paper towels.
- In small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- Put the beans into a bowl big enough to hold all the salad ingredients and mix in dressing.
- Let the beans marinate while you drain the tuna, chop the parsley, and dice or slice the onions.
- Put the tuna into the same colander you used to drain the beans and let the oil drain off. (I wipe out the colander with a paper towel so the tuna doesn’t get wet.)
- Chop the parsley and thinly slice green onion, whichever you’re using.
- Add chopped parsley, red or green onion, and drained tuna to the marinating beans and gently combine. (Don’t overstir, you want the tuna to stay chunky.)
- I usually taste and see if I want a bit more lemon juice.
- Season to taste with fresh ground black pepper and sea salt and serve.
- This will stay good in the refrigerator for at least a day or two, but it probably won’t last that long.
I love Genova Tuna Packed in Olive Oil (affiliate link) but any brand of olive oil packed tuna will work. You can use finely chopped red onion if you prefer. This recipe created by Kalyn, inspired by many other similar salads seen in cookbooks and on the web.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 718Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1818mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 9gSugar: 1gProtein: 80g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This salad would be fine for any phase of the South Beach Diet, but limit portion size for phase one. (If you make it like I do with lots of parsley, you can probably have about a cup for phase one, since the salad is about half tuna and parsley.)
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