This past Memorial Day weekend the weather made it clear that summer is here. In DC, the air was thick, muggy and hot! Sam and I explored DC a bit and went to a public pool (free to all DC residents when you show your ID). It was relaxing and refreshing! We look like we went to the beach over the weekend.
When hot weather comes to town, I search for recipes which don’t require too much time in the kitchen. I also like food that is lighter and easy to digest. Obviously, salads are the first choice- but I get sick of the same one’s over and over. So I search for salads with more color, texture and variety of ingredients.
Remember when I mentioned that I studied abroad in Spain, and where I tasted my first croqueta? Up until then I was not a fan of tuna, it just wasn’t my thing. Until my señora started making me bocadillos (sandwiches), and many of them had tuna. So over the course of the summer, my love for tuna grew- I really don’t think I had any choice.
Now that I like tuna, it’s nice to see something other than the regular tuna sandwich. This salad was perfect: crunchy, light, refreshing and filling! Yum! If you wanted something a bit more filling, you can always add these ingredients into your next bocadillo!
Tuna and Bean Salad
Adapted from: Bon Appetit (April 2012)
1 head of radicchio, cored & leaves chopped
2 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
2 12 oz cans of water-packed tuna, drained
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 cups of white beans (this was a mix of cannelini and navy)
1 cup chopped parsley
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
Combine all of the salad ingredients, mix well. Then combine all vinaigrette ingredients, shake or stir well. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and serve.
I fixed a tuna & cannelli bean salad last night – but I like your presentation more. My was served on lettuce leaves. It looks prettier and lighter to mix with the greens. And – I used mayo in the salad. Next time I will use your dressing.
I’m always looking for new, fun salad ideas and this is definitely one of them!