Warm potato & tuna salad with pesto dressing

Warm potato & tuna salad with pesto dressing

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Cooking time

Cook: 20 mins - 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Whip up a tasty potato and tuna salad in less than half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
349
protein
15g
carbs
29g
fat
20g
saturates
3g
fibre
3g
sugar
0g
salt
0.71g

Ingredients

  • 650g new potatoes, halved lengthways if large
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 175g can tuna
  • 200g green beans, halved
  • couple of handfuls of spinach, preferably baby leaves, tear if larger

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Method

  1. Put the potatoes in a pan of boiling water, bring back to the boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the pesto and oil to make a dressing. Halve the tomatoes, drain and flake the tuna. Add the beans to the potatoes for the last 3 minutes of cooking time.
  3. Drain the potatoes and beans and tip into a salad bowl. Stir in the spinach so that it wilts a little in the warmth from the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Scatter the tomatoes and tuna on top, drizzle with the pesto and gently toss everything together.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2003

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purvan's picture
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Wow, a firm favourite!

jmistovski's picture
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gets the daily veg in but I found it a bit dissapointing

cpadmore's picture

This was excellent. Made this for lunch for 12 people. It not only tasted good but looked good on a huge antique dish. Cooked the lemon tart with it. Everyone said it was a great lunch.

foxychick578's picture

Delicious! I made this for the first time last night and I added some sauteed mushrooms, only because they were in the fridge and I didnt have spinach. The salad is very tasty and would definitely make it again, I didnt use as much oil as it said either and will remember next time not to mix the tuna with the salad but just place on top as I got the pulpy tuna pesto mess that another taster did.

cherylshap's picture

I thought this was yumtious!! We made this and took it to the beach still warm. Would recommend :)

crocamog's picture

The ingredients are great. My feeling is that pesto will take over the other flavours. I will replace pesto with a spanish black olives puree (kalamata can be a strong flavour) and marinate the tomatoes for half an hour. In the meanwhile put a couple of smashed garlic cloves in quite hot good olive oil. This flavoured oil is to dress the hot ingredients (potatoes, green beans, spinach) and season with salt. Finally mix all the ingredients.

westyorkshirelass's picture
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Fab! Even my fussy 3 year old ate this.

roanna_477's picture
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This was really tasty. I added a bit more pesto than the recipe suggests though.

trickstanik's picture
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too easy and great tasting!!!

Valperga's picture
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This is okay, but the recipe is odd - too much oil and pesto, far too many potatoes and not enough beans and tomatoes. Could do with some revision to bring out the flavours - the pesto overwhelms everything else.

Also, be aware that if you don't scatter the tuna chunks over the top at the end and stir them in as the recipe suggests, the tuna will mix with the pesto and form a strange kind of paste which looks like you made a mistake.

Not great.

hedgehog77's picture
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This was really tasty and even tastier the next day for lunch. Very easy to make and even the fussy eater of our family finished it off.

rhianjenkins's picture
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I'd recommend this salad to anyone as a wholesome and healthy lunch - I take it to work as it's so easy to make. I add some black olives too.

peskypeeza's picture
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Really enjoyed this salad and have made it quite a few times. Pesto dressing is v tasty - like the idea of roasting the cherry toms. Excellent for a quick, healthy and tasty after work tea!

lulup74's picture

Fabulous, so quick & easy & extremley tasty!

debbiemcintyre's picture
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This salad was lovely. Used wild rocket instead of spinach and it was a great success!

thommich's picture
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Quick, easy and delicious.

3mil3k's picture
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Lovely ! Great after work meal. Doesn't take much time to prepare it!

soft63's picture
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Im an awful cook , but trying to get a little better

this recipe is so easy to follow

To my surprise and everyone elses this came out really well and everyone enjoyed it. -

smokeybromage's picture

Really quick and easy to make, tastes gorgeous! We left out the spinach as we didn't have any the first couple of times we made it, and I always roast the cherry tomatoes whilst the potatoes cook (I don't like them raw).

zeecee's picture
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This is a great after work meal. The potatoes and beans cooked whilst I was getting changed and then all I had to do was add the rest.
It was okay cold for lunch the next day too!

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