Cannellini Tuna Salad


Cannellini tuna salad

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It’s May already? Where does the time go?  Do you know I actually wrote 2012 by mistake the other day! hah.

Since the warmer months are quickly approaching, I’m trying to eat healthier and lighter.

I’ve had a fling with beans lately;  the Caramelized Black Bean butter was a yummy treat I plan to make often!  I had the Black Bean soup at Panera the other day…..Oh. MY. was it good!! If anyone has that recipe, PLEASE send it over!  Then I made this tasty Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad for lunch the other day.

I was discussing ‘beans’ with Bridget and she pushed me over the edge with this combo, to my surprise I really enjoyed it and was a nice light alternative to the usual tuna salad with mayo. (Bridget suggested a little sour cream, but I didn’t have any, so I came up with a recipe with what I had on hand)

I paired canned tuna and cannellini beans to make a super-simple, satisfying lunch severed over a bed of spinach, or tuck into a whole wheat pita for another variation.

Cannellini Tuna Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Yield: 2

Cannellini Tuna Salad


  • 1 (16 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (I prefer Bush’s Beans)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tuna in water, drained
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and pat dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • kosher salt and cracked pepper, to taste
  • handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cups fresh spinach


  1. In a medium bowl, mix cannellini beans, tuna and capers. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Gently fold in cherry tomatoes and half of the parsley. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Serve immediately on bed of spinach. Garnish with remaining parsley. (Can be served cold, just refrigerate tuna salad and place on spinach when ready to serve)


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Cannellini are one of my favorites, and this looks like a good use for them. Yum!

  2. This looks absolutely perfect! Wanna come over and make me lunch? 😉

  3. Yum! Thanks! I love Panera’s black bean soup, too. I get Trader Joe’s black bean soup and it tastes pretty similar. (but it is a lot smoother/thinner)

  4. This looks so yummy, Cheryl!

  5. Yum! This is a new take on one of my favorite fast lunches – I have never added tomatoes or capers. Great twist!

  6. This looks really good, I think I’m gonna have to try this; this weekend. Love that you have printable recipes… Awesome…

  7. I’m trying to be healthier too and this salad looks great. Love when I can get some beans into my lunch or dinner. I’m really into bean and grain salads right now, but I like this bean and tuna variation – fresh and full of flavor!

  8. Love it!! I made something very similar after seeing it on a coouking show but look forward to using a recipe this time. Mine was just beans, tuna, tomatoes, viniagrette over romaine. Can’t wait to try this!

  9. Wow. Now im hungry. This is going to be lunch. Crossing fingers Bernie likes! Great bean recipe!

  10. I’ve never had Panera 🙁

    • OMG!!! They started here in St. Louis, so it’s actually called St. Louis Bread Co here (or just Bread Co, for short)….we eat there weekly, I’ve been known to eat there twice in one day on several occasions! Lol………if you have one around you MUST go!

  11. I just recently ate at Panera for the first time, and I got the bean soup! It was very good.

    Now I have a silly question for you; I don’t know how to reply back to you when you reply to my comments! =(

    • Do you mean when I reply to your comment you left on my blog, … can just reply to the email – I reply to most comments left on my blog via email, and you can just reply back via email. Is that what you mean?

  12. Now you’re making me want lunch. 🙂 (It’s 8:19am.)

  13. This salad not only looks healthy, it looks delicious! We don’t have Panera here but when I was in Florida in Feb. I did go into one. It was so busy and we were short on time so I never purchased anything but man oh man the place smelled heavenly. Everytime Bridget does a post or anyone else for that matter on Panera I wish we could have had time to stop and eat.

  14. Lol, tried and liked. I had it for brunch meaning I mixd it for lunch and couldn’t wait. I love the cores it adds that little zing. I don’t have spinach though so im gong to mix up aanother batch and go back to the store so I can have it again. Fave recipe yet and it’s easy!

  15. This reminds me of a tuna salad I used to eat so much back in my single girl days that I had the recipe memorized. I need to make it again!


    8 oz. red kidney beans, drained
    8 oz. chick peas, drained
    4 oz. canned tuna, drained & flaked
    2 Tbsp. vegetable oil (I usually used EVOO & cut down to 1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp)
    1/4 c. red wine vinegar
    1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
    1/2 tsp. dried basil
    1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
    1/8 tsp. garlic powder
    Salt & pepper to taste

    Combine ingredients in a large bowl; toss until well blended. Salad is delicious served immediately, but MUCH better after it chills for several hours & the flavors blend! You could serve this over a bed of spinach or mixed greens as well. High fiber & protein!

  16. So good and refreshing. I love tuna and beans, sometimes I like to use chick peas . Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

  17. My mom would love this! She’s always telling me about her salads that she makes with chunks of tuna and capers and vegetables but I don’t know if she’s ever thought of adding cannellini beans. I’m going to tell her about this one.

  18. Thanks for the great recipe! I used cannellini beans in a recipe last night. Kinda like a bean rice and broccoli casserole with veal. it was pretty good 🙂 Ready to try yours!

  19. I love tuna. I love cannellini beans! We always add beans to a zillion salads around here. My problem, I never write down the combination/ingredients. HA.
    Thanks for the linky love. XO

  20. Yesterday I decided that cannellini beans were my new favorite. I just love their creamy texture. Used up my last two cans or else I would make this for lunch tomorrow!! I’m totally with you on lightening it up for summer (just posted the same today, lol!). Thanks for sharing this…I’m tempted to try it with a little sour cream too!

    Hope you are doing well 🙂

  21. What a healthy and delicious salad!

  22. I have been trying to get more beans in my diet and this sounds perfect! I never would have thought to combine tuna and beans myself but it sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to try it!

  23. Cheryl- That looks like a perfect lunch for spring. I’ll be saving that recipe to give it a shot sometime!

  24. this truly is one of our favorite salads to make in the summer – love!

  25. I need an invitation to your home to have this salad. I love tuna and cannelini’s but Matt loathe’s tuna and I’ve sworn never to crack a can open in our home!

    That said, you now have me craving this badly and I just might have to sneak it! 🙂

  26. Well, this sounds delish! It went straight to my bookmark “Recipes” and can’t wait to try it.

  27. Another great bean recipe… Looks delicious!

  28. I need to try this! I love tuna and cannellini beans, so this is a winner…healthy and tasty! Thanks, Cheryl.

  29. This looks like it’d be really high in vegan protein…love that! You reminded me that I need to be incorporating more beans into my salads!

    I’ve never been to your site before and it’s beautiful!

  30. Can you believe I’ve never had cannellini? Where has it been my whole life? This sounds so light and yummy 🙂

  31. I’m pretty much a fan of beans too, but have never had them this way! Looks so good.

  32. I love anything with beans, made pasta bean salad over the weekend, and now I have an excuse to make another delicious meal. Looks absolutely scrumptious, Love the green color and freshness. Beautiful!!!

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  36. Hi! So…I just thought I’d mention that like eight months after I first saw this recipe, I still make this salad for lunch for myself ALL THE TIME. It’s so great for using up whatever leftover fresh herbs I have lying around. I also sometimes substitute red pepper for the tomato, put it over regular lettuce if I don’t have spinach, add a dash of white wine vinegar if I’m out of lemons and always use 6-8 chopped up green olives because I never, ever have capers in the house. Now that my parents are taking us on a cruise for Christmas, it’s back to this salad as a MAJOR staple of my weekday diet. Yummy.

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  38. This is now what I call an old faithful. I go back to it time after time. Probably my most favorite Internet recipe ever.

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