White tuna and giant beans salad – home made fast food

A delicious and convenient dish for lunch boxes, picnics, etc.


White Tuna SaladHave you ever tried white tuna? It’s also known as albacore tuna, or bonito – with an excellent taste and firm white meat. It is a huge difference compared to the common canned tuna you find in supermarkets, but also comes with a different price tag. Never having been a big fan of canned tuna (especially in sandwiches, and salads with plenty of mayonnaise…), I tried white tuna for the first time when visiting my father in Italy. He is lucky enough to spend a couple of month every year in Liguria and gets excellent white tuna in olive oil at the local market. Prepared with some white beans, onions and of course good olive oil, it gives a delicious and satisfying salad done in less than five minutes. And healthy on top – with unsatisfied fatty acids and plenty of protein.

Just one plea – when buying your tuna, whether in cans or fresh, have a close look on where and how it was fished. There are various organizations (most commonly known MSC, the Marine Stewardship Council) who certify sustainable fisheries. This helps not only to prevent the extinction of tuna, but also minimizes the endangerment of marine life. Read more here.

So, now to the salad – a real “convenience food”, made from products you can always have stored at home. And it’s a really great lunch meal to prepare the night before and take to work, to a picnic or to quickly prepare when you have nothing fresh at home.

Recipe for white tuna and white giant beans salad

Serves 2 for lunch, 4 for a side-dish

White Tuna Bean SaladIngredients:

  • ca. 140g white tuna in olive oil (from can or jar – also called Albacore or Bonito)
  • 1 can (425ml) of white giant beans/ butter beans
  • 1 spring onion cut in rings
  • a generous shot of good extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Drain the beans and rinse with water. Divide tuna into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Add onions, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix carefully and serve with a slice of fresh bread.

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