Tuna and White Bean Puttanesca

This easy, take-to-work salad is heavy in leafy greens and bright citrus.

Tuna White Bean Puttanesca
Lisa Lotts

The combination of protein, healthy fat, and fiber in this delicious lunch will keep you satisfied throughout your busy afternoon.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 283; protein: 20g; fat: 12g; carbs: 27g; sugar: 7g

Recipe and photo by Lisa Lotts of Garlic & Zest.

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Prep time

20 min.

Cook time

5 min.

  • For the salad:
  • 1 head radicchio lettuce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 (15-oz) cans cannellini beans white kidney, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (7-oz) cans tuna well drained and flaked with a fork into bite-size chunks
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup pitted olives (cerignola or Kalamata), chopped
  • 3/4 cup basil fresh
  • For the dressing:
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice from zested lemon
  • 2 tsp capers finely chopped
  • 2 anchovy fillets finely minced or 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 large shallot finely minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 4-5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or sea salt

Preheat the grill to medium-high or use a grill pan.

Place the radicchio on a cutting board, and cut in quarters vertically, through the core. Drizzle cut sides with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil each. Grill the radicchio 1-2 minutes per side just to get a little char and smoke. Remove from grill and cut away the core. Slice radicchio into 1/2" slices, and transfer to a large bowl.

Add the cannellini beans, tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives. Toss to combine, and set aside.

Add the lemon zest and juice to a small bowl. Stir in the capers, anchovy, shallots, red pepper flakes, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Whisk ingredients well, and pour dressing over the salad. Toss to combine.

Just before serving, chiffonade the basil by stacking the leaves on top of one another and rolling tightly into a cigar shape. Use a sharp knife to very thinly slice the basil crosswise into thin strips. Add the fresh basil to the salad, and toss to combine. Serve.