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Close up of Cannelllini Bean Tuan Salad i a white bowl with blue trim and red flowers on it.

Cannellini Bean Tuna Salad Recipe

Valentina K. Wein
This salad is a fantastic side, and can hold its own as a hearty main course salad.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 to 6
Calories 290 kcal




  • Combine ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the beans, tuna, basil, spinach, peppers, onion and capers.
  • Make vinaigrette. In a small bowl, use a whisk to blend the oil with the vinegar and lemon juice.
  • Assemble. Pour the vinaigrette over the bean mixture and season the salad generously to taste with salt and pepper.


You can cook your own Canillini beans if you have the time. Here's How to Cook Dried Beans. Or you can used canned beans.
I love roasted Piquillo peppers, as they're very sweet and thick. You can use red bell peppers as a substitute if you'd like to. And if you'd like to roast your own peppers, here's how.
Calorie count is only an estimate.
Keywords salad for party, main course salads
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