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Beans and Tuna Salad
Insalata di Fagioli e Tonno
3/4 lb (300 g) dry cannellini beans, or 2 cans white beans
4 - 5 tender celery sticks, diced
1 can tuna fish in oil (approximately 1/2 lb, 200 gr), drained
1 - 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or champagne (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Transfer the beans to a bowl.
Add celery and drained tuna fish.
Add vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
Add extra-virgin olive oil. Mix to combine the ingredients and serve.
Clean and wash the beans the night before. Place them in a container, and cover with fresh water. Let the beans soak in the water overnight.
The next day, when ready to cook, drain the beans. Pour 1 quart (1 liter) of water in a stockpot and add the beans. Boil for about 20 minutes or until the beans are tender. Let the beans cool to room temperature.
*** If using canned beans, drain the beans and rinse them with fresh water before preparing the salad.
Salads are fun to prepare and Beans and Tuna Salad is no exception. What makes salads fun is the possibility to add, subtract, or substitute ingredients easily to adapt the recipe to your taste. Try one or more of these:
Eliminate tuna fish to obtain a simple Beans Salad.
Substitute celery or simply add fresh green onion for more taste.
Change white beans to a different type or a blend of many beans.
Add corn kernels for color and taste variation.
Don’t forget to use only the BEST extra-virgin olive oil... YUMMY!!!