Wednesday, March 5, 2014

White Bean and Tuna Salad

I've been on such and Italian food kick lately. 
Not just the pasta kind. 
I've been researching and trying all new recipes that 
I would normally never make or eat for that matter.
I guess you can say I've been trying to broaden mine and my families horizons.
Especially in a healthy way.
Now don't get me wrong we still eat the pasta, sauce 
and cheese with a side of bread.
I just could never give that up.
But once in a while I just need a change. 
This dish can be eaten as a meal which we did for lunch or dinner.
If you really wanted to get crazy you could even grill the radicchio.
Hey I may try that next time.
Until then....Mangia!
For the salad

1 medium head of radicchio, cored, leaves coarsely torn or sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed, drained
2 celery stalks, peeled, sliced thinly on an extreme diagonal
1 cup drained olive oil–packed Italian tuna in a jar broken into large pieces
Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (for garnish)
Zest of 1 lemon

For the vinaigrette
2 cups (packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the vinaigrette
Pulse parsley, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic in a food processor until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the salad
Place radicchio in a large bowl; drizzle with enough vinaigrette to coat; about 2-3 tablespoons. Toss to coat. Season radicchio to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter, spreading out in an even layer. Combine 2-3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette, cannellini beans, and celery in the large bowl; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange the bean and celery mixture on top of radicchio. Top salad with tuna and garnish with parsley. Drizzle some vinaigrette over the top of salad and sprinkle with lemon zest.

*adapted from Bon Appetit


  1. I've never had Italian tuna before! Love these flavors!

  2. oh that sounds yummy. I've never heard of Italian tuna though - will need to look that up

  3. Always glad to hear about someone turning on to real Italian food. It is so tasty and healthy. I'm a big fan of radicchio. Can't wait to try this salad. You might want to mention that the Italian tuna is called Genova Tonno so people can find it.

    1. Thanks Diane. When I bought it the label only said Tonno. Its available in all grocery stores now. Bumble Bee makes it as well.

  4. I love salads, I am so going to have to try this! I'm with everyone else, I've never heard of Italian tuna, but I'm intrigued now. I'm going to have to hunt some down and try it:)

    Found you over on Weekend Potluck!

    1. Hi Jessica! You can find it in any grocery store now. Bumble Bee makes it as well. :)

  5. Hi Rina,
    What a great combination for a salad, we will just love it. Thank you so much for sharing with Food of The World and hope you will continue the tour with us next month.
    Miz Helen