Giada De Laurentiis' White Bean and Tuna Salad

"This is a traditional combination in Italy and makes a wonderful full-meal salad. Tuna packed in oil, though hard to find anymore, makes a difference in this salad. Try it at least once this way! You may want to chill the ingredients somewhat in the refrigerator before assembling salad."
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  • In a large bowl, add tuna and oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. With a fork, break up the tuna.
  • Add the beans and onions and gently toss.
  • Drizzle with vinegar and season with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to plates and serve.
  • Note: This may be served over fresh arugula, about 1/2 cup per plate.

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  1. My wife and I watched Giada make this on TV. I knew it was going to be good. I went to the store and bought the same tuna and cannelli beans ( didn’t spell that right) as she used. Wasn’t hard at all to put together. Only thing I added was garlic. We mixed it with arugula and spring mix salad. It was glorious my daughter and her family wanted come come over when I made it again and it was just as good now it’s on their family favorites. One thing I recommend please get the tuna that is in oil, it really makes a difference.
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  2. This is directly from Giada's Everyday Italian cookbook; I love it so much it's a go-to. It is moist, savory, filling, and absolutely delicious, and a foodie friend of mine agrees.
  3. Out of respect for the chef who posted this recipe, I made as directed; which I won't do again when it's not someone's own. I'm a big fan of Giada's 'Everyday Italian' and can't imagine this is the way this recipe should be written or prepared. It was dry, colorless and had large, yet 'thin, slices' of red onion sticking out of it. It would be unfair to give a star rating since I don't really know what it should look or taste like based on how it's written.



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