White Bean Salad with Tuna and Haricots Verts

19 Apr

Lately, I’ve been trying to eat more fish. No big reason, but I realized that eating steak for dinner three nights in a row — something I did a few weeks ago, thanks to business dinners and outings with friends — is a tad excessive.

So, I’ve been looking for interesting fish recipes. Flipping through my cookbooks, I settled on this one from Jillian Michaels’ book, Making the Cut.

The White Bean Salad with Tuna and Haricots Verts was great, minus one thing: the radicchio. I’d forgotten that radicchio has such a bitter taste when it’s raw. Next time, I’d swap the 2 cups of it out for something like arugula or Romaine lettuce.

Aside from that, I loved this salad and will be making it again.

White Bean Salad with Tuna and Haricots Verts

  • 2 cups haricots verts *regular, thin green beans do the trick
  • 1 8-ounce tuna steak
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups radicchio *you know my thoughts on this
  • 1 19-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 nitrate-free turkey bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
1. Steam haricots verts, covered, 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
2. Sprinkle tuna with 1/8 tsp pepper. Heat olive oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna; cook 3 minutes on each side until desired degree of doneness.
3. Remove from pan; cut into bite-size pieces; place in a large bowl.
4. Add haricots verts, radicchio and beans to tuna; toss well.
5. Add bacon to pan. Cook over medium heat until crisp. Remove ban from pan; crumble. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until soft, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add remaining pepper, bacon, broth and the remaining ingredients. Drizzle dressing over salad; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

On a fitness note, Making the Cut is an awesome book for anyone looking to mix up their routine. Jillian outlines 30 days of intense circuit-style workouts, with moves like Rock Star Jumps and Half-Crow Pushups. I like her workouts and always end up a sweaty mess, which is how I know I’ve been working hard.

Back to the salad. I hope you enjoy it and, should you opt to include the radicchio, know that you’ve been warned.

~Michelle

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