Tuna Salad With Beans

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCKTuna Salad With Beans is a version of an Italian lunch salad except this one is made with red kidney beans instead of the usual white beans favored by Italians,. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCKTuna Salad With Beans is a version of an Italian lunch salad except this one is made with red kidney beans instead of the usual white beans favored by Italians,.

Advocate-tested recipe

Tuna Salad with Beans

Serves 4. Recipe is by Corinne Cook.

Salad dressing:

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbl. red wine vinegar

Generous pinch of salt

Pinch of sugar if desired

Salad:

1 (15.5-oz.) can red kidney beans (or cannelloni beans, Great Northern white beans or garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained

1 small red onion, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)

1 or 2 green onions, chopped

2 tbls. chopped fresh parsley

1 rib celery, sliced

1 (12-oz.) can solid white albacore tuna, drained

Freshly ground black pepper

Lettuce

Slice of sun-dried tomato in olive oil, for garnish, if desired

Avocado slices, for garnish, if desired

1. Make dressing by mixing all salad dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk well then taste for seasoning. Add more lemon juice or vinegar if desired. Add a pinch of sugar if desired. Set aside.

2. Rinse beans under cold water and drain well; add to bowl of dressing.

3. Add sliced onion, parsley, green onions and celery.

4. Add drained tuna and add black pepper to taste. Toss carefully, leaving tuna in rather large pieces. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight. Bring bean mixture to room temperature before serving.

5. Serve tuna bean mixture over crisp lettuce. Top with a slice of sun-dried tomato on the top and/or with avocado slices.