Fagioli e Tonno (White Bean and Tuna Salad)
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- ½ lb. dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 6 tbsp. olive oil
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 cans of tuna packed in olive oil, drained
- 2 tbsp. roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1Drain soaked beans, transfer to a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat; simmer until tender (check water level occasionally and add more if beans aren’t always completely covered.
2Beans can vary in the time needed to become tender, so keep checking after about 45 minutes – could take as long as an hour.
3Drain beans, reserving 1⁄4 cup cooking liquid.
4Whisk together oil, vinegar, and garlic in a bowl.
5Combine vinegar mixture, beans, and reserved cooking liquid; season with salt and pepper; transfer to a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow flavors to meld in refrigerator for at least 2 hours (overnight is best).
6Drain and stir in parsley and tuna.
7Suggestion: Serve in individual lettuce lined salad plates. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, if desired.