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White Bean Tuna Salad

"I adapted this recipe from one in my local newspaper," writes Kathy Armstrong of Post Falls, Idaho. "The zippy Dijon dressing adds interest to the beans, tuna, olives and onion. It makes a filling and healthy lunch that I like to take to work.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) light water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
  • 3/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion


  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, garlic, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper; gradually whisk in oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beans, tuna, olives and onion; add dressing and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 247 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 754mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 6g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • kredhead
    Feb 16, 2017

    Tuna bean yummy salad, I've been making this since 2007. Tangy & tasty, its better the next day & holds up well.

  • kimb0
    Aug 4, 2015

    Not crazy about this--guess I'm too used to mayo based tuna salad. Won't make this again.

  • Mrs_T
    Aug 30, 2012

    I've made this salad several times and we love it. Sometimes I've omitted the olives if there were none on hand, and it's just as good without them. I also don't use the chopped red onion; I just add some dry minced onion to the dressing, or sometimes I've used sliced green onions. We like this a lot. I'd agree with a previous reviewer that it's best to prepare and chill this early in the day, or even the night before, for the best flavor.

  • bettylou1333
    Feb 17, 2012

    I've made this twice already and it is on the menu for next week. The trick with this recipe is to make it early in the day so the red wine vinegar can be absorbed by all of the ingredients. If you eat it immediately it is way too vinegary.

  • keverwann
    Mar 30, 2011

    We made this yesterday and served it over pasta; the salad just needed something to fill it out. My husband wouldn't eat more than his first couple bites.I had it on saltines later after that, but it still wasn't very good.I tried it again on saltines the next day (today) and it is MUCH better.Still don't think I'll make it again.