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Lemony Tuna and White Bean Antipasto Salad
© Quentin Bacon

Lemony Tuna and White Bean Antipasto Salad


This quick and easy main-course salad offers all the variety and freshness of a great antipasto. The quality of this dish ultimately depends on the quality of the tuna: Using an Italian or Spanish variety packed in olive oil makes the salad extraordinary.


  1. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fruity extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  3. Two 6-ounce cans olive oil—packed tuna, drained and broken into large chunks
  4. One 19-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  5. 24 pitted Calamata olives, coarsely chopped
  6. 2 cups thickly sliced celery hearts and leaves
  7. 2 tablespoons capers, drained, or if packed in salt, rinsed
  8. 2 heaping tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  9. 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  10. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  11. Freshly ground pepper
  12. 2 roasted red peppers from a jar or 4 piquillo peppers from a jar
  13. Kosher salt
  14. 4 lemon slices, for garnish
  1. Pour the lemon juice into a large bowl and slowly whisk in 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the tuna, cannellini beans, olives, sliced celery, capers, parsley, lemon zest and garlic and toss gently. Season with pepper, cover and set aside.
  2. Halve the roasted red peppers lengthwise and arrange on plates, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Spoon the tuna salad over the peppers and drizzle with more olive oil. Garnish with the lemon slices and serve.
Serve With
Crusty French bread.

Suggested Pairing

For a wine, choose a lightly sparkling Vinho Verde from Portugal. It cuts through the saltiness of the olives and the capers and matches the refreshing lemon flavor.