A protein-packed, sophisticated take on tuna salad served on lettuce for a crunchy presentation.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Balsamic Syrup:

Directions

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  • Place tuna, cannellini beans, onion, parsley, and capers in bowl.

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  • In separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, red vinegar, and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour into tuna mixture. Stir gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

  • Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium-high heat in a sauce pan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 1 minute. Add brown sugar and salt and stir to dissolve.

  • Continue stirring until sauce thickens, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

  • To serve, place tuna on lettuce leaves and drizzle with balsamic syrup and sunflower seeds.

Cook's Notes:

Watercress or arugula make excellent garnishes for this dish.

Nutrition Facts

291 calories; protein 13.2g 26% DV; carbohydrates 42.3g 14% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterol 15.8mg 5% DV; sodium 465.7mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2016
5 stars all the way! I'm not a big tuna fan but wanted to try something new and different. This tastes like something you'd be served at a fancy lunch. Very elegant and also very versatile. Great as lettuce wraps in a whole grain wrap stuffed in a tomato you name it! I used butter lettuce because that's what I had on hand and I also used about half the amount of red onion. I served it over 4 lettuce leaves for a delicious lunch. I did find that this made 4 very small servings...to me this was more like 2-3 servings if you're having it as a main meal. Also this makes a lot of balsamic syrup. I halved the syrup ingredients and still had plenty. I think a light drizzle is all that's needed so as to not overpower the other ingredients. The sunflower seeds are a fantastic touch so don't leave them out! This one's a keeper and I'll be making it often! Next time I might also use a bit more capers since I really like them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2016
5 stars all the way! I'm not a big tuna fan but wanted to try something new and different. This tastes like something you'd be served at a fancy lunch. Very elegant and also very versatile. Great as lettuce wraps in a whole grain wrap stuffed in a tomato you name it! I used butter lettuce because that's what I had on hand and I also used about half the amount of red onion. I served it over 4 lettuce leaves for a delicious lunch. I did find that this made 4 very small servings...to me this was more like 2-3 servings if you're having it as a main meal. Also this makes a lot of balsamic syrup. I halved the syrup ingredients and still had plenty. I think a light drizzle is all that's needed so as to not overpower the other ingredients. The sunflower seeds are a fantastic touch so don't leave them out! This one's a keeper and I'll be making it often! Next time I might also use a bit more capers since I really like them. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2016
Quick and easy recipe. Loved the flavor! Very fresh and healthy. The sweetness of the sauce was a great balance against the tuna and beans. Even my 6 year old cleared his plate. Would make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2018
I followed the recipe with the exception of using a 7 oz can of tuna (Costco) & a little less than a can of small white beans. I was surprised how much I liked it. The balsamic syrup & sunflower seeds send it over the top. Next time I might add some avocado! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2018
This was great! I used turbinado sugar instead of brown (it was all I had) with a touch of maple syrup. I also put it on a bed of lettuce you get more greens and the serving seems larger. I will definitely be making this again!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2018
I love this! The creaminess of the beans really takes the tuna to a new level. I added diced celery too. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2017
I loved this. I added halved grapes and put it on a whole grain wrap with lettuce. There were leftovers so I had it the next day and it was even better! Read More
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