A quick and easy recipe for Tuscan White Bean and Tuna Salad with arugula, radishes, scallions, capers and seasonal tomatoes, with a shallot vinaigrette. A simple 15-minute “pantry” meal!
Need a quick lunch? Here’s a super easy recipe that can be made with pantry ingredients that comes together in less than 15 minutes! Tuscan White bean and Tuna Salad with arugula, crunchy radishes, tomatoes, parsley and scallions tossed with a simple vinaigrette. Bump it up with capers if you have them on hand.
This salad came to be because we are remodeling our kitchen. Actually, Brian is remodeling and I’m just watching but I still like to say “we” – although he’d beg to differ. 😉
Anyhow, I had to clear everything out from the cupboards and vacate to another kitchen and promised myself that this month I’d try to use up some of our forgotten pantry ingredients because as you can imagine, being a recipe developer, it was getting a little out of hand. To put it mildly! 😉
So today, I was pretty proud of myself using up several pantry items in this one recipe! Plus, it ended up tasting sooooooo good! And it was such a snap to make. So I thought I’d share, in case you too have a pantry problem. 😉
Make these in bowls or in mason jars for packable lunches. ( see recipe notes)
The key to a good pantry meal in my book is adding enough fresh ingredients so it doesn’t actually feel like a pantry meal. Or look like one!
So comb through your fridge and see what fresh veggies you have. Raw crunchy veggies are best here- like radishes!
If tomatoes are not quite in season, feel free to sub thinly sliced asparagus, shredded carrots or beets or even cucumbers. Olives are a nice addition too!
And of course, for vegans, you can leave the tuna out and just use more white beans. Or sub another kind of bean in addition to the white beans, like chickpeas. Feel free to add nuts or seeds!
Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below!
A simple recipe for Tuscan White Bean & Tuna Salad with arugula, radishes, tomatoes and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. A quick and easy pantry meal that can be made in 15 minutes!
Vinaigrette ( serves 4 )
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoons vinegar ( balsamic, red wine vinegar, or sherry vinegar)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon very finely chopped shallot
- 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard (optional)
Tuscan White bean and Tuna Salad ( serves 2)
- 2 handfuls baby arugula
- ½ can ( 14 ounce) of white beans ( about ¾– 1 cup) rinsed, drained
- 1 can white albacore tuna in water, drained
- 3 radishes, grated, finely sliced or cut into matchsticks
- 10 cherry or grape tomatoes ( or sub 1 turkish cucumber)
- ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
- 1–2 scallions, sliced ( or sub red onion)
- 1 tablespoon capers or sub olives! ( optional but delicious)
- sunflower sprouts ( optional but delicious)
Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl (or shake in a jar) and set aside.
Place arugula in two bowls, divide beans and tuna and add to the bowls. Garnish with radish, tomatoes, parsley, scallions, capers and optional sprouts.
Spoon dressing over top and season with salt and pepper.
Feel free to make this ahead, waithing to dress before eating. OR make these in mason jars- layering in this order: white beans, tuna, tomato, radish scallions, parsley, dressing and topping with the arugula.
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