This is a great pantry standby. Borlotti (cranberry) or flageolet beans can be used instead of cannellini (lima) beans and dried or fresh cherry tomatoes can replace semi-dried (sun-blushed). The onion –and even the anchovies – can be left out altogether. Use good-quality tuna, olives and oil.
From the Grocer
1 x 250 g (9 oz) tin tuna in olive oil, drained and roughly broken up
2 x 400 g (14 oz) tins cannellini (lima) beans, drained and rinsed
75 g (2 3/4 oz) semi-dried (sun-blushed) tomatoes
16 anchovies packed in salt or olive oil, drained and chopped
about 50 black olives in olive oil, pitted and halved
salt and freshly ground black pepper
180 ml (6 fl oz) extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
From the Greengrocer
1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
juice of 1 lemon
Put the tuna, beans, tomatoes, anchovies, onion, olives and parsley together in a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. In a teacup, mix the olive oil, mustard and lemon juice together. Season and check to see whether your balance of lemon to oil is good – remember you are going to add this to something very starchy so it needs a bit of tang. Pour the dressing over the bean and tuna mixture, being careful not to squash the beans. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
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