Tuna & butterbean salad

Tuna & butterbean salad

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Serves 2
A cheap and healthy way to get more fibre and vitamin C into your diet

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal345
  • fat18g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein25g
  • salt1.45g
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  • 1 small red onion
  • 200g can tuna in spring water, drained



    A member of the mackerel family, tuna are mainly found in the world's warmer oceans. They…

  • 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 250g pack cherry tomato, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • juice of ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 20g pack flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Halve the onion and slice it as thinly as possible. Tip into a salad bowl and flake in the tuna. Gently stir in the butterbeans and cherry tomatoes.

  2. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice and mustard together, then season. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and scatter the parsley over. Mix gently to combine and serve straight away.

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Comments (18)

Sharon's's picture

A lovely summer salad but next time I would use slightly less onion... It was a little overpowering fo me.

exilat's picture

this is easy fast and tasty. this was my first ever salad and i was surprised how good it come out. select good quality tomatoes and don't go overboard with mustard since it has a strong taste and tends to cover everything else. would become part of my diet.

rosievimes's picture

A simple salad that's ideal for your lunch box as it can easily be made in advance. Not the most exciting of salads, but I enjoyed the flavour combination of the butterbeans and tomatoes, and as the beans themselves are quite filling, the salad ensures that you stay fuller for longer.

chillichops's picture

Nice quick lunch. I used spring onions instead of red onion.

claire1962perkins's picture

Ready so quickly but brilliant results!

patsyross2's picture

Lovely salad, I used cannelloni beans, great on WW diet!!

medinaitieva's picture

it was definitely good for a quick and healthy dinner. would try it again for sure. used tarragon instead of parsley (didn't have it), turned out well.

steveogilvie's picture

Lovely recipe. Added a few black grapes for visuals.

joannaruthdingle's picture

Super recipe. Have made this several times. Always wanted to try to eat more beans and this is a tasty, filling and healthy way to do it. And oh so simple.

apples99's picture

Anyone watch Hugh Fernely Whittingstalls Fish fight on Channel 4 last week or seen the Greenpeace tinned tuna league table?


Make sure you use pole and line caught tuna for this dish rather than that has been caught using large nets which kill dolphins, turtles and sharks as by-catch. pole and line tuna can be found at sainsbury's, marks & spencer and waitrose but unsure about the others...

kirsten132's picture

You can also buy pole and line caught in Aldi!

weegingerfaerie's picture

I didn't have any tomatoes or butter beans so i used a tin of mixed beans and some red pepper antipasti. I don't like mustard so dressed with olive oil, lemon juice and white wine vinegar. We had for dinner with new potatoes.

Was totally scrummy and will be taking my version to any barbecues i attend this year. Would be great in a wrap for lunch.

phinugget's picture

Very nice salad recipe and easy to make. Perfect for a quick and healthy dinner.

hellsdarkrose's picture

Love this recipe. I have just had half a portion with a turkey steak and it made a lovely filling dinner.

I had to use a smidgen more olive oil to make a good dressing but it was lovely.

lizzafezza's picture

Great for lunchboxes.

fuzzygirl's picture

Very nice and speedy indeed! I served on a bed of mixed lettuce and with some soup on the side.

imanuelle's picture

Very tasty. I served this salad for our lunch last Sunday and every body loved it. I added garlic and an hand full of roasted Pine nuts.
I would definitely make this salad again.

katemann's picture

Lovely recipe - used cannelini beans as well as the butter beans & it was yummy. Very quick & easy to make & I served it up for a girlie lunch with white crusty bread & it was very popular! Would definitely make again.

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