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 Tuna, white bean and roasted fennel salad

Not your usual tuna salad

Skip the sandwiches… use this tuna, white bean and roasted fennel salad as an appetizer to make perfect Mediterranean-inspired crostini.

You'll find no mayonnaise in this tuna salad. Fresh, bold flavors like capers, parsley and garlic make this dish stand out.

Tuna, white bean and roasted fennel salad


  • 1 large fennel bulb, green tops removed, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon capers, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 1 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 ounces canned tuna, drained and flaked
  • Squeeze of lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the fennel in about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast fennel for 15 minutes, flip over and roast another 10-15 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Reserve.
  2. To a skillet over low heat, add 5 tablespoons of olive oil, minced garlic, parsley, capers, smoked paprika, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is very tender but not brown, about 4-5 minutes. Mash some of the capers with the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a bowl, gently toss the roasted fennel, white beans and tuna together. Top with the garlic mixture. Season with salt and pepper, as needed. Finish with a squeeze of lemon. Garnish with capers and chopped parsley.

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