Fresh Cranberry Bean & Tuna Salad

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
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This Fresh Cranberry Bean & Tuna Salad is the classic antipasto salad to make in the late summer when the first cranberry beans start to show up at Farmers’ Markets. It’s very easy to...


    1 1/2 cup cranberry beans, shelled (See Chef Tips)

    3 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled, and left whole

    1 (6 ounces) can light chunk tuna, water-packed, or whole slice tuna with no fillers

    1 tablespoon chopped shallots

    1 tablespoon chopped parsley, plus 1 large sprig for the beans

    1 tablespoon chopped mint

    2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and drained

    4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon

    1½ tablespoons white vinegar

    Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Nutrition Facts


439 cals


30 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

4 g

Monounsaturated Fat

22 g


33 g


1 g


13 g


12 g


794 mg


  1. Put the whole garlic and cranberry beans into a pot. Cover with water and lay the parsley sprig on top. Sprinkle with the teaspoon of olive oil, and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until soft and tender, but not mushy, about 20-25 minutes. Drain the beans into a bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. While the beans are cooling, mix together the shallots, parsley, mint, and oil, and vinegar in a bowl. Season to taste.
  3. Drain the tuna if water packed and break it up into pieces. Tip the beans and tuna into the bowl with the dressing. Gently mix together until the beans and tuna are coated, taking care not to break up the beans.
  4. Let the salad sit for an hour in a cool place for the flavors to develop. Serve!

Chef Tips

1 1/2 cups shelled beans = about 1 pound beans in their pods.

If it’s hot and you don’t want to cook, use canned beans. Drain a can of cannelini or pinto beans and rinse them well. Mix them together with the tuna and herbs in step 3.

Many beans are toxic to some degree when raw, and some, like kidney beans, are very poisonous indeed. 10 minutes of cooking makes them all safe, so don’t take the risk, cook them.

When you buy canned tuna, always try to buy sustainably fished, trolled, or pole and line caught fish. Look for US caught Albacore and Tongol tunas. Wild Planet tuna is a good brand to buy.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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