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Mama’s Kitchen: Italian Tuna & White Bean Salad

italian bean and tuna salad

One of my favorite dishes from L’Osteria del Forno, an Italian restaurant in San Francisco, is a tuna and cannellini bean salad. It’s light, refreshing and a perfect way to start a meal – especially in the summer. I tried to recreate it at home based on what I thought was in the dish. I was very happy with the results so I thought I’d share it. At the l’osteria this dish is an appetizer. You can enjoy this on some warm crostini or even crackers. I loved this salad and I’ll be making it again – this week in fact! Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy…

1 can of Tuna (I used tuna in water but you can use whatever tuna you like)
1 can of Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
Juice of 2 lemons
Splash of extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
Red onion, few slices finely chopped
Basil and Parsely, a handful chopped
Optional – a dash of red pepper flakes and/or a splash of balsamic

Combine all of the ingredients – it’s seriously that easy!

Buon Appetito!

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