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    "Put Down Your Fork!" Tuna and Bean Salad

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    Debby H's Note:

    The story behind this comes from a simple recipe I had found, then made changes to make our own. My husband loved it so much the first time I made it I literally had to say to him "Put down your fork or you'll explode". So from that point on we have called it by this name. The ingredients may seem bland, but combined together they taste great and present well. Enjoy.

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    1. 1
      In salad bowl, combine oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, basil and black pepper.
    2. 2
      Add beans, tuna, scallions and sweet pepper and toss.
    3. 3
      Chill several hours for flavors to blend.
    4. 4
      To make a beautiful presentation, serve on a leaf of Bibb lettuce.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 01, 2009


      Tasty, and very easy. I didn't have all the right ingredients: I used apple cider vinegar, dried basil, cucumbers and tomatoes (instead of the peppers), and no scallions. Still, delish!

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    • on July 21, 2005


      This was a lovely lunch. I used cannelini beans and think that the ingredient that pushes this beyond regular bean salads is the basil. Next time I may add a little more. I also reduced the oil by 1 tbsp. and upped the vinegar by 1 tbsp. A great and easy lunch just out of the bowl.

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    • on July 27, 2014


      Thanks for sharing a lovely summer recipe! It's healthy, and quick to put together. I made a couple of modifications: 15 oz of white beans (1 can), 15 oz of tuna (3 x 5 oz cans), and only 2 tbsp of olive oil. The only change I'd make next time is to use a slightly zippier vinegar, maybe balsamic, in place of the red wine vinegar.

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    Nutritional Facts for "Put Down Your Fork!" Tuna and Bean Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (198 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 227.2
    Calories from Fat 83
    Total Fat 9.2 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 27.0 mg
    Sodium 718.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 2.1 g
    Protein 20.3 g

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