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Tuna and White Bean Salad

Tuna and White Bean Salad

Don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen during a break to the beach? No one does, but everyone wants to eat healthy and well. Here is a simple yet delicious dish for the beach or anywhere.

Tuna and White Bean Salad
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Prep time – 25 – ­30 minutes
Cooking time – 5 minutes
Serves – 4­ to 6
Serving suggestions – lunch / by itself.
Dinner – with hummus and toasted pita bread


  • 14 oz – tuna steaks
  • 1 small red onion, julienne sliced
  • 1 tomato – roma or other low seed varietal
  • 1 small red bell pepper (pimento) seeded, chopped and julienne sliced
  • 14 oz can of cannellini beans, rinsed and dried in a colander
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Sea salt and fresh coarse black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 3 1⁄2 ounces arugula leaves, rinsed and patted dry with paper towels


Place tuna on a plate, sprinkle with pepper on both sides. Cover. Combine the onion, tomato and red pepper in a bowl. Rinse the beans under cold water for 30 seconds and drain. Add to the bowl with the garlic, thyme and 3 Tablespoons of parsley. Place the lemon juice, olive oil and honey in a saucier or deep skillet, bring to a soft boil, then simmer, constantly stirring as not to burn the honey. Simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Brush a barbecue grill or broiler with olive oil and heat until very hot. Cook the tuna for 1 minute on each side. The meat should still be a little pink on the inside. Remove from grill. Slice the tuna into 1 1⁄4 inch cubes and combine with the salad. Place the arugula leaves on a platter. Top with the salad. Season and garnish with the lemon zest, remaining parsley, sea salt and red pepper flakes.

Complement this dish with the Zenato Pinot Grigio (750ml) – $12.99
Beautiful and rich fruit accents and fresh acidity give this refreshing white wine balance, grace and flavor.

Recipe courtesy of: Thompson Family Cookbook

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