Tuna, asparagus & white bean salad

Tuna, asparagus & white bean salad

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
A nourishing spring salad, ready in minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal275
  • fat5g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.28g
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  • 1 large bunch asparagus



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 2 x 200g cans yellowfin tuna steaks in water, drained
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans in water, drained
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • 1 red onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tarragon, finely chopped



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…


  1. Cook the asparagus in a large pan of boiling water for 4-5 mins until tender. Drain well, cool under running water, then cut into finger-length pieces. Toss together the tuna, beans, onion, capers and asparagus in a large serving bowl.

  2. Mix the oil, vinegar and tarragon together, then pour over the salad. Chill until ready to serve.

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Comments (35)

Sophie3243's picture

I didn't have red wine vinegar so used white instead. I found it all a little bland to start with, so went back added more capers, a good pinch of salt & black pepper & a good lug more wine vinegar. It was much tastier! Ideal to take to work for lunch as will travel & store well - a great & filling alternative to salad.

KochinVeronica's picture

Very very good and healthy!

rosy11's picture

5 stars! I swapped the asparagus for green beans as the asparagus was too expensive... Really tasty and was also great for lunch the next day. I found it needed extra olive oil and lemon and seasoning, but delicious despite this!

fmolekamp's picture

Tasty and nutritious. The tarragon works really well. I also added a little Dijon mustard to the dressing to liven it up a bit & left out red onions as they give me indigestion and it was fine without.

hsmith22's picture

this was brilliant and so easy!
used lentils as well as cannelloni beans

ram0nab's picture

Simple and delicious. Also filling for those dieters with a hearty appetite. If you havent got capers it doesnt matter but the salad is better with them in. A really good low-carb meal that you can store in your cupboard and then just get some fresh asparagas.

ram0nab's picture

Simple and delicious. Also filling for those dieters with a hearty appetite. If you havent got capers it doesnt matter but the salad is better with them in. A really good low-carb meal that you can store in your cupboard and then just get some fresh asparagas.

julesthenorweegie's picture

I made this last night, and trying capers for the first time, I must say it really wasn't my cup of tea unfortunately. That, accompanied with the red wine vinegar made a quite perfumic dressing, which I can only imagine is for someone who likes it, as the taste is very dominating.

laughinggirl66's picture

This was really yummy, i served with a watercress salad, fresh bread and some sliced corizo for lunch when I had the parents round (def Serves more than 4). Really yummy salad, the flavours work really weel, the best bit is its super healthy too. I only used a samlly red onion and cut it really finely but it wasnt too oniony. i think next time i might do half cannellini beans and half butter beans, im going to make a batch for lunches next week now. We are also going to do it at the next BBQ and just double it up - Yum yum

kevinwpage's picture

Thought the capers and the red wine vinegar would be a bit acidic so left them out in favour of a drop of balsamic. Thought that tarragon would be a bit strong too so just used fresh parsley. Went well with crusty bread.

Bigspottedcat's picture

Tasty - Quick - Easy - Cheap.... (unlike my ex wife)

katysimpson's picture

Lovely! I halved the amount of onion and doubled the oil and vinegar however.

ddnachez's picture

I used one tin of cannellini beans and one of lentils (don't ask why!) and the result was still very nice. I replace the tarragon with coriander.

melania_ishak's picture

Good but needed more zing so added some lemon juice and balsamic vinegar, would be interested to try it with the suggestions above! overall great for a filling and healthy lunch box option

emmaccollins's picture

I made this for lunch last week; it was really tasty and filled me up for the rest of the day. Makes a really nice change from the bog standard salad and it is incredibly good for you! Will definitely make it again.

medinaitieva's picture

filling and nutricious. also lessened the amount of onions. couldn't find fresh tarragon, used dried ones, overall, ok, not super great. thanks!

abisnail's picture

Made this the night before for lunch. Tasted lovely when I made it (although maybe a bit more dressing is required) but the tarragon totally overpowered the dish by next lunchtime. Couldn't taste any other flavours which was disappointing.

Will try re-making but with much less tarragon if I'm not going to use it immediately.

avrile's picture

I didn't have capers and used diced jalapenos instead. It worked. :o)

helsbelssuomi's picture

Made this with mixed white beans and chick peas. Used white balsamic vinegar as that's what I had in the cupboard, it was good. Quick and easy to make.

melhizz's picture

I didn't have cannellini beans but had a tin of borlotti, and used a fresh tuna steak instead of tinned. Tasted lovely we definately eat again. Didn't think it would be very filling but it certainly was enough for both of us. Only next time I would use more Tarragon and less capers.


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