"Put Down Your Fork!" Tuna and Bean Salad

Total Time
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 0 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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!

Red Jenny May 01, 2009

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.

ladypit July 21, 2005

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.

Marina K July 27, 2014

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