Salads

Tuna White Bean Salad with Basil and Lemon

January 30, 2019

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure.

This Cannellini White Bean Salad is incredibly delicious, made with tuna, fresh basil, and zingy lemon. It’s light, fresh and ready in under 10 minutes, perfect for lunch or as a healthy side dish.

An overhead shot of a white bean salad with tuna and basil on an oval plate

Salads don’t get much easier than this and even although it’s made with super simple ingredients (and few of them) it’s FULL of flavour and I love it for 3 main reasons:

  • It’s fast – the only bit of effort you need to make is finely chopping an onion so this salad is ready in under 10 minutes, yup now you definitely can’t beat that!
  • It’s fresh and healthy – the lemon juice, zest, fresh basil, and onion all give this salad the most delicious freshness, flavour and it’s packed with protein and is extremely good for you.
  • It can be prepped ahead of time – you can whip it up in advance and enjoy it for lunch on the go or serve it up at barbecues or picnics plus the flavours get a chance to develop!

The Best Beans To Use

Cannellini beans are my bean of choice, I just love the texture, creaminess and flavour especially if you buy high-quality ones. Whilst living in Italy I came across these white beans sold in jars and not just canned.

Once I tried them I could not believe the difference in flavour and texture (so much more creamy and so much more delicious). If you can’t find jarred ones, use higher quality canned ones and don’t go for the cheapest ones.

Tip: If you want to switch things up you could also use butter beans but the texture will be slightly different.

How to Make White Bean Salad – Step By Step

Drain and rinse the cannellini bean and add to a large mixing bowl (photo 1).

Drain the tuna and add that to the bowl alongside finely chopped onion, lemon zest, and juice (photos 2-4).

Step by step photos for making a white bean salad with tuna

Drizzle over some olive oil and season with salt and pepper, finally add some chopped basil and toss to combine (photos 5 & 6).

Super easy, right? There’s no dressing to make, it all just mixes together and tastes incredible. You can also prep this salad in advance and just keep it in the fridge until you need it.

Top Tips for Making White Bean Salad

  • Use good quality tuna and make sure it’s from a sustainable source.
  • Quality also goes for the cannellini beans, don’t go for the cheapest as they tend to be harder and not as tasty.
  • Make sure to rinse the cannellini beans before adding to the salad.
  • You can use tuna canned in water or oil.

A side shot of a white bean salad with tuna and basil on a white serving plate

More Healthy and Fresh Salads You Might Like:

If you’ve tried these Tuna White Bean Salad or any other recipe on the blog then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you! You can also FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM and PINTEREST to see more delicious food and what I’m getting up to.

Watch How to Make it

Step By Step Photos AboveMost of our recipes come with step by step photos, helpful tips and tricks to make it perfectly first time and even video!
Print Pin
5 from 3 votes

Tuna White Bean Salad

This Cannellini White Bean Salad is incredibly delicious, made with tuna, fresh basil, and zingy lemon. It's light, fresh and ready in under 10 minutes, perfect for lunch or as a healthy side dish.
Course Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 260kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 5.6 oz (160g) tuna , in oil
  • 1.5 lbs (720g) cannellini beans (2 cans)
  • 1 red onion
  • a large handful of basil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the cannellini beans and place in a large bowl then drain the tuna and add to the bowl.
  • Finely chop the red onion and add to the bowl with the cannellini beans and tuna. Grate the zest of 1 lemon over the tuna and beans then squeeze over the juice of half the lemon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Finely chop the basil and add to the bowl along with 2-3 tbsp olive oil (add more if desired). Stir everything until combined. Enjoy.

Notes

Top Tips for Making White Bean Salad

  • Use good quality tuna and make sure it's from a sustainable source.
  • Quality also goes for the cannellini beans, don't go for the cheapest as they tend to be harder and not as tasty.
  • Make sure to rinse the cannellini beans before adding to the salad.
  • You can use tuna canned in water or oil.
  • Serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 4.4mg
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Find out more about how nutrition is calculated here
  • Check out our must have Italian Pantry Staples here
  • You can also find all our Essential Kitchen Tools for Italian Cooking here
Did you try this recipe?Mention @insidetherustickitchen or tag #insidetherustickitchen! We'd love you see what you're getting up to in the kitchen!

Newsletter

5 Comments

  • Reply
    Ausra
    May 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    I like beans and I like tuna and now, I love this salad! 😊🌷5 stars

  • Reply
    Angela
    February 3, 2019 at 12:29 am

    I just love this! So simple but super duper tasty!!5 stars

  • Reply
    Lorraine
    August 29, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    So simple but absolutely loved it!5 stars

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
    shares