Friday, September 10, 2010

Last Summery Meal - Tuna Bean Salad

Fall has definitely arrived. I quite like this time of year, actually, and can’t wait for the leaves to start changing. Fall also signifies the return of my appetite for hearty comfort food, like stews, chunky soups, hot pots… Good bye gazpacho, hello osso bucco!

But, in memory of summer, here’s one last summery dish. Okay, actually, it’s something I made months ago, and completely forgot to post about. But I didn’t want it to go to waste. Plus, it can still make a nice side dish during the rest of the year.

This tuna bean salad is as simple as can be, and there are probably hundreds of it like it all over the food blogosphere, but it’s still a winner. This was pretty much an ad-lib, so proportions are approximate. This is one of the few recipes in which I use tuna canned in oil (Rio Mare brand, to be precise). I’m usually more of a water-canned kind of person, but this salad is really boosted by the oily richness. You can add salt if you wish, but the olives should be enough.

Anyways, let’s give summer a proper send-off, in order to welcome fall!

Tuna Bean Salad

Serves 2 as a meal, 4 as a side dish

One 540 ml (14 oz) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (or substitute with any other kind of white bean)
One can of tuna marinated in olive oil
Juice of one lemon
A big handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
120 ml (1/2 cup) green olives, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a large salad bowl, making sure to include the oil from the tuna can, and toss.


  1. Another one saying the F word! NOOOOOOO!!!! lol OK will forgive you because of the tasty salad

  2. Doesn't matter if there are others something like it, VARITY is the spice of life. Always happy for the same only just a little difference.
    Yes, I love the fall too!

  3. I love easy yet tasty meal in a few minutes prepared like this one!

    A lovely bean & tuna salad!

  4. O yes, fall has definitely arrived in full force here, including torrential rains and cold temperatures... I am one of those people that loves all seasons (or at least the beginning of each) so I am quite fond of autumn. But in the meantime to me this is a dish I could have anytime of the year really. Looks delicious!