Fagioli e Tonno (White Bean and Tuna Salad)

Renée G.


No story to tell here - this isn't even my own recipe. I got it from a lady at our church last month. She brought it to a pot luck and I thought it was delicious and asked her if I could have the recipe.

I wanted to post it here, so I wouldn't lose it - but if you think you might like it, too. Pinch Away. I'm sure Ms. Helena wouldn't mind a bit.

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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

Directions Step-By-Step

Drain 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.
Beans can vary in the time needed to become tender, so keep checking after about 45 minutes – could take as long as an hour.
Drain beans, reserving 1⁄4 cup cooking liquid.
Whisk together oil, vinegar, and garlic in a bowl.
Combine 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).
Drain and stir in parsley and tuna.
Suggestion: Serve in individual lettuce lined salad plates. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Salads
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Italian