Tuna Salad with Garlic Toasts

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This healthy tuna salad recipe with white beans and a lemony olive oil dressing is served over garlic toasts and makes an incredible quick lunch or easy dinner.

I am loving this easy tuna fish salad 🐟

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This is one of my favourite dinners of late. It’s so super light and fresh…perfect for the late summer heatwave we’ve been having. I threw this together a few nights ago after a long day of work and then we had the leftovers for lunches.

What goes with tuna salad? The salad itself also goes well in sandwiches or you could serve it over a bigger green salad for a really healthy lunch or dinner. I do love it with those crunchy and crispy garlic toasts though.

I love how quick and easy this is, it’s got so much flavour and uses some of my favourite ingredients. I’ve been really feeling the tuna recently whether it’s in a 15 minute tuna pasta or a summery tuna pasta salad, I’ve been rediscovering all the tuna classics and I’ve been loving it!

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Garlic toasts with canned tuna salad on a pink plate on a marble surface

Why we love this simple tuna salad…

It’s so easy and simple to make. It’s literally a case of throwing everything in a bowl and grilling the bread then you can serve.

This recipe keeps well in the fridge so it’s perfect for making at the beginning of the week and keeping in the fridge for easy lunches or dinners.

It’s gluten free and you can serve it with an appropriate side or just make the garlic toasts with gluten free bread.

You can add any ingredients you like to this salad so if you’ve got any veg that needs using up feel free to chuck it in.

Bowl of tuna and bean salad with a spoon and garlic toasts on a marble background

Close up of tuna and salad on garlic toast on a pink plate

Easy tuna salad ingredients

This section is here to provide further tips and ideas for alternative ingredients. The full recipe and instructions are included in the recipe card at the bottom of the post!

White Beans: I went with a mixture of cannellini and butter beans but you could use whatever you like or have on hand

Red Onion: Thinly sliced

Lemon and Olive Oil: Makes up the dressing for this salad

Fresh Dill: For that light and fresh herby flavour, switch for parsley if you’re not a fan of dill

Tuna: I use tinned tuna, make sure you get some that’s ethically sourced

Rocket: For that healthy bit of green

Fresh Bread: I like a french baguette for this but ciabatta would also work

Garlic: To make the garlic toasts

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Garlic toasts with tuna bean salad on a pink plate

How to make tuna salad

Marinate the beans: Put the beans, red onion, lemon juice, oil, dill and seasoning in a bowl and leave for 10 minutes.

Make the garlic toasts: Brush the bread slices with olive oil, toast on the griddle then rub with garlic cloves.

Finish the salad: Add the tuna and rocket to the beans and mix then serve with the toasts.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…


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Close up of tuna fish salad with rocket and beans

Expert tips for making this tuna salad

This salad will last in the fridge for up to 4 days.

It’s really customisable so add any extra vegetables you like, some roasted asparagus would be amazing in here.

If you’re using this for lunch the next day it’s delicious served in a sandwich with a smear of mayonnaise.

Want more? Try these other salad recipes!

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Tuna Salad with Garlic Toasts

This healthy tuna salad recipe with white beans and a lemony olive oil dressing served over garlic toasts makes an incredible quick lunch or easy dinner.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 584kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 1 400g tin Cannellini Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 400g tin Butter Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 Red Onion finely sliced
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Small bunch Fresh Dill finely chopped
  • 1 small loaf French Bread cut into thick slices
  • 2 cloves Garlic peeled
  • 2 200g tins Tuna drained
  • 70 g Rocket
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Put the beans in a large bowl with the red onion and add the lemon juice, oil, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Mix and leave to sit for 10 minutes.
  • While the beans sit brush the bread slices with olive oil and toast on a griddle until char marks appear. Put on a plate and rub with garlic cloves.
  • Add the tuna and rocket to the beans and toss then serve with the garlic bread.
Nutrition Facts
Tuna Salad with Garlic Toasts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 584 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 983mg41%
Potassium 938mg27%
Carbohydrates 98g33%
Fiber 15g60%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 472IU9%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 10mg56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    29/08/2019 at 10:31 AM

    5 stars
    This tuna salad is a favorite! Love the flavor and the addition of white beans!

  • Reply
    29/08/2019 at 11:23 AM

    5 stars
    This looks amazing! I love adding tuna to salads.

  • Reply
    29/08/2019 at 12:09 PM

    5 stars
    Such a great dinner idea for when you want a flavorful meal without all the fuss. So easy to make!

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    Raia Todd
    29/08/2019 at 12:21 PM

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried beans in my tuna salad before. Love this idea!

  • Reply
    29/08/2019 at 12:49 PM

    5 stars
    Favorite tuna salad, right here! The beans add so much fiber and texture, and it helps stretch the salad over several meals. Another winner 🙂

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