Warm potato & tuna salad with pesto dressing

Warm potato & tuna salad with pesto dressing

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Cook: 20 mins - 30 mins


Serves 4
Whip up a tasty potato and tuna salad in less than half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat20g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.71g
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  • 650g new potato, halved lengthways if large
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 2 tbsp pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 4 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…

  • 8 cherry tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 175g can tuna



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

  • 200g green beans, halved
  • couple of handfuls of spinach, preferably baby leaves, tear if larger



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  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.

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Comments (51)

kiisudankan's picture

Pretty bland. I added cider vinegar to the dressing to give it a bit of a kick but even then. I won't make it again.

laureana's picture

delicious! scaled it down for one, and i will definatly make it again! i roasted the tomatoes while boiling the potatoes, and added a little squeeze of lemon juice to the dressing-YUM! :)

emmalooroo's picture

i really liked this, it was quick and easy to make for lunch, and so tasty i had two bowl fulls!

adelaprater's picture

I have made this dish a few times. It is very quick and healthy dish. I added a few black olives and use less amount of potatoes. Usually I serve it with crusty bread.

yurikubota's picture

It was really easy and delicious. Highly recommended.

purvan's picture

Wow, a firm favourite!

jmistovski's picture

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

Fab! Even my fussy 3 year old ate this.

roanna_477's picture

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

trickstanik's picture

too easy and great tasting!!!

Valperga's picture

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

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

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

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

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


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