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.


☆☆☆☆☆ 0 votes

Stove Top


Add to Grocery List

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

How to Make Fagioli e Tonno (White Bean and Tuna Salad)


  • 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.

Printable Recipe Card

About Fagioli e Tonno (White Bean and Tuna Salad)

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

Show 3 Comments & Reviews

25 Easy Recipes Ready In 30 Minutes

25 Easy Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Looking for super easy, quick and delicious recipes for dinner? Then you need to check out these 25 recipes that you can make in just 30(ish) minutes!

Bushels Of Tastiness In These Peach Recipes

Bushels of Tastiness in These Peach Recipes

Kitchen Crew

Peach season is at its peak and my taste buds are on overload these days. Nothing says summertime to me more than biting into a nice, juicy peach. They're not...

Simple Salad Recipes

Simple Salad Recipes

Kitchen Crew

It's always around this time of the year that I start incorporating more salad recipes into my menu. They're simple, filling and super tasty. "This is an awesome, fabulous salad,"...