Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad is an easy dish with albacore tuna, cannellini beans and red onion tossed in a delicious, light salad dressing!
Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad is an easy dish with albacore tuna, cannellini beans and red onion tossed in a delicious, light salad dressing!

If you’re looking for a protein-filled salad to enjoy for lunch or a simple dinner, how about Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad? I found the original recipe in one of my very old Weight Watcher cookbooks (from 1998), and it’s delicious.

This salad has wonderful flavor, and is a CINCH to make! You NEED TO PLAN AHEAD, though, because for best flavor, the salad dressing needs to be made about 45 minutes ahead of time. This extra time allows the flavors to develop fully! You can always mix the salad dressing up in the morning, then it’s ready for a quick lunch later!

The actual salad itself is made up of only 3 ingredients… a can of albacore tuna, red onion, and protein-packed cannellini beans. Cannellini beans are also called white kidney beans, and can be found in most grocery stores. The salad is then tossed with the amazing salad dressing before serving. Let me show you how to make this tasty salad, which yields enough for four portions.

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Make The Salad Dressing

The salad dressing used is the source of this salads great flavor! Best part? It only takes a minute or two to make! Place dried sage, olive oil, white wine, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Use a whisk to combine these ingredients very well.

PLAN AHEAD! For the very BEST flavor (recommended!), cover the salad dressing once it’s fully combined. Let the salad dressing sit (covered) at room temperature for 45 minutes. Plan ahead for this, because this time gives the flavors a chance to fully develop!

Salad dressing ingredients are placed in a small bowl before combining.Tuscan Cannellini tuna Salad dressing is mixed together before adding it to the salad.

Combine The Salad Ingredients

It’s time to finish making the Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad, once the salad dressing has “rested”. Place the drained, rinsed cannellini beans, drained and flaked albacore tuna and chopped red onion into a medium bowl. Toss lightly to combine these three ingredients.

Rinsed, drained cannellini beans, red onion, and albacore tuna are combined in a large bowl.

Dressing The Salad

Give the salad dressing a quick stir to re-combine the ingredients and pour it over the tuna, cannellini beans and red onion. Toss the salad, so that the dressing is coating the salad ingredients very well.

Salad dressing is poured over the Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad before mixing.After mixing in the salad dressing, the salad is ready to be served.

Time To Enjoy Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad!

Transfer the Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad into a pretty serving bowl, if desired, and then serve. The salad has wonderful flavors, thanks to that delicious salad dressing! This recipe makes four servings, and you can store any leftovers (covered or in airtight container) in the refrigerator for several days.

A bowl filled with Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad is ready to be served.A close up photo of the Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad.

That’s how simple it is to make this yummy Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad, which can be served on its own for lunch, dinner or as a side dish. I hope you enjoy it, and trust you will come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care and have a GREAT day.

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Original recipe source: “Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook”, page 433, published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., 1998

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Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Resting Time-Salad Dressing (inactive prep)
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad is an easy dish with albacore tuna, cannellini beans and red onion tossed in a delicious, light salad dressing!

Category: Lunch, Salads
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: Tuscan cannellini tuna salad
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 235 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Dressing:
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage or 2 Tablespoons fresh (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
For Salad:
  • 16 ounces cannellini beans (canned) rinsed/drained
  • 7 ounces albacore tuna (canned, in water) drained. flaked
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped red onion
Instructions
Make Salad Dressing (at least 45 minutes before assembling salad)
  1. Place dried sage, olive oil, white wine, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Use a whisk to combine these ingredients very well. For the very BEST flavor, cover salad dressing once combined. Let salad dressing sit (covered) at room temperature for at least 45 minutes. Plan ahead, because this time gives the flavors in the salad dressing the chance to fully develop!

Finish Salad
  1. Place cannellini beans, tuna and red onion into a medium bowl. Toss lightly, to combine.

  2. Give salad dressing a stir to re-blend ingredients; pour it over the salad Toss gently, so that salad dressing is coating salad ingredients well. Serve, and enjoy!

  3. Any leftovers can be stored (covered or in airtight container) in refrigerator for several days.

Nutrition Facts
Tuscan Cannellini Tuna Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 339mg15%
Potassium 648mg19%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 13IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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