Nicoise-Style Tuna Salad With White Beans & Olives


For my nicoise-style tuna salad, just open three cans: one each of tuna, white beans and sliced olives. Toss these ingredients with slivered red onion, olive oil and lemon juice. Take time, if you like, to boil eggs, or pick them up at the grocery salad bar. Serve the salad with steamed green beans. For an even simpler version, add a little chopped parsley to the salad for color and serve it with salted tomato slices.

4 servings


  • ¾ pound green beans, trimmed and snapped in half

  • 1 (12 ounce) can solid white albacore tuna, drained

  • 1 (16 ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained

  • ¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

  • 4 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered


  1. Place green beans, 1/3 cup water and a large pinch of salt in a medium skillet. Cover, turn heat on high, and bring water to boil. Once beans start to steam, set timer and cook until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes. (Because the beans cook in such a small amount of water, make sure not to let the skillet run dry.) Immediately dump them onto a lipped cookie sheet lined with paper towels to cool.

  2. Mix tuna, white beans, olives and onion in a medium bowl. Whisk together oregano, oil, lemon juice and zest in a medium bowl, then pour over the salad and gently stir to combine.

  3. Adjust seasonings to taste. Arrange a portion of green beans, tuna-bean salad and eggs on each of 4 plates.


Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

548 Calories
30g Fat
33g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 548
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 247mg 82%
Sodium 526mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 22mg 109%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 871mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.