Tuna White Bean Salad

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Tuna White Bean Salad with herby sun-dried tomatoes, fresh parsley, creamy beans, tangy onions, olive oil-packed tuna, and lemon dressing!

Quick and proteinrich, enjoy this salad as is, on toasted sourdough, or in lettuce wraps for a low-carb meal.

If you’ve got extra white beans add them to white bean soup, white bean salsa, or this easy sausage soup!

Tuna-White Bean Salad in a bowl ready to be served and enjoyed.

Tuna-White Bean Salad

If you want a quick, low-carb meal that’s packed with protein and flavor, you’ve got to try this recipe! It’s fresh, tangy, and full of good-for-you ingredients.

I really enjoy a good creamy tuna salad, but when I want something lighter, this is my go-to.

Tuna is a lunch staple at my house. Even when the fridge is empty, we always have tuna in the pantry. This salad also uses pantry favorites like white beans and sun-dried tomatoes, along with the dressing ingredients.

It’s the perfect easy and light lunch!

All the ingredients in this recipe including tuna, white beans, red onion, tomatoes, and parsley prepped for easy assembly.

Ingredients In Tuna-White Bean Salad

  • Cannellini Beans: Make sure they are well-rinsed and drained to avoid a mushy salad.
  • Tuna: Grab tuna packed in olive oil for a richer flavor.
  • Italian Parsley: Flat-leaf parsley delivers more flavor! Finely chop it to spread the taste throughout every bite.
  • Red Onion: If you find raw red onion too strong, soak the diced onion in salted ice water for 10 minutes, then drain thoroughly before adding.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Tomatoes packed in herbs are great because they add extra flavor.

The ingredients, including mayo, vinegar, Dijon, oil, honey, lemon, and garlic, are prepped to make this dressing.

Dressing

  • Olive Oil: Use a high-quality, extra-virgin oil for the best flavor in the dressing.
  • Mayonnaise: I love Hellman’s here — it has such a great creamy texture. Light mayo also works great!
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Adds a nice tang and flavor to this Tuna White Bean Salad.
  • Lemon Juice and Zest: Use fresh lemons for a bright, fresh flavor. The lemon zest also adds a punch of flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard and Honey: These balance the tang with sweetness and depth.
  • Garlic: Fresh or jarred — whatever you have on hand!

The dressing being mixed together and then drizzled over the white bean tuna salad.

Tuna White Bean Salad Tips

  • Choose Olive Oil-Packed Tuna: It tastes richer and fresher. I recommend Genova’s® albacore tuna.
  • Toast Your Bread: If serving on bread or bagel, toast before topping with the salad. This prevents the bread from getting soggy.
  • Use Flat-Leaf Italian Parsley: It has a stronger flavor compared to curly parsley, which is mainly for decoration.
  • Pick Herbed, Julienne-Cut Sun-Dried Tomatoes: These are flavorful and don’t need as much chopping since they are cut down a bit from original size.

QUICK TIP

Prepare the dressing in advance and store it in the fridge for up to five days. If it clumps, let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes and shake well before using.

The dressed dish ready to be tossed together and enjoyed.

Variation Ideas

  • Add Olive Oil: If serving this Tuna White Bean Salad on toast or a bagel, drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on top. An extra burst of flavor!
  • Add Heat: Sprinkle some red pepper flakes on the salad for a spicy kick.
  • Swap Tomatoes for Peppers: If you like peppers better than tomatoes, try using roasted red peppers in the salad.
  • Mix in Capers or Olives: For a salty, briny flavor, add some capers or chopped olives.
  • Fresh Cucumber: Dice some cucumber for a refreshing crunch in the salad.
  • Use a Different Bean: Try chickpeas instead!

The tuna white bean salad on toast for a fun lunch or dinner option.

STORAGE

Storage

To keep the Tuna-White Bean Salad fresh, store it in a sealed container in the fridge. It’s best eaten on the day it is made.

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Tuna White Bean Salad

5 from 4 votes
Tuna White Bean Salad with herby sun-dried tomatoes, fresh parsley, creamy beans, tangy onions, olive oil-packed tuna, and lemon dressing!
Tuna-White Bean Salad in a bowl ready to be served and enjoyed.
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Tuna White Bean Salad

Tuna-White Bean Salad in a bowl ready to be served and enjoyed.
5 from 4 votes
Tuna White Bean Salad with herby sun-dried tomatoes, fresh parsley, creamy beans, tangy onions, olive oil-packed tuna, and lemon dressing!
Course Dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine Healthy
Keyword Tuna White Bean Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings (on bread; 2 from the bowl)
Chelsea Lords
Calories 361kcal
Cost $5.81

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayo (I love Hellman's/Best Foods)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice + 1/4 tsp zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon EACH: Dijon mustard & honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper (1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper)

Tuna Salad

Instructions

  • DRESSING: Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar. Shake well and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • PREP: Finely chop parsley, dicing onion, and coarsely chopping the tomatoes. (Get measurements AFTER chopping).
  • SALAD: In a large bowl, mix the drained and rinsed beans, drained tuna, chopped parsley, diced onion, and chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently mix. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  • SERVE: Enjoy immediately as is, in lettuce wraps, or on toasted bread. This salad is best when fresh and does not store well.

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Recipe Notes

Nutritional information does not include any bread or bagel that may be used.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.3g | Protein: 28.8g | Fat: 15.1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 1069.2mg | Fiber: 5.8g | Sugar: 2.9g

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and used lettuce wraps and it was delish! Paired nicely with carrot tomato soup for dinner.

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious! My whole family loved it. Definitely a make again recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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