White bean tuna salad for a picnic in the park

by Jenn on April 17, 2011

in Budget,Gluten Free,No Cook,Photography,Seafood

White bean and tuna pesto salad

Ha, I told you we’ve been loving salads lately!  I’ve been all about “no cook” these days, and so when our friends organized a potluck picnic in the park yesterday I thought a flavorful salad would be the perfect dish to bring (so did everyone else, we had a lot of salads – just goes to show they are so well suited for this time of year :) ).  It was a picture perfect day – literally; the park was holding La Fête de la Tulipe – the festival of tulips – and we all sat in the grass together amongst over 300 varieties of the most gorgeous tulips all in bloom dancing in the warm afternoon sunshine.  We enjoyed some wine, some stories and laughs, and some delicious food all together.

La Fête de la Tulipe

But I could not get over these gorgeous tulips!! My camera and I went for a little walk through the park, would you like to join me?

La Fête de la Tulipe La Fête de la Tulipe

La Fête de la Tulipe La Fête de la Tulipe

La Fête de la Tulipe

La Fête de la Tulipe La Fête de la Tulipe

La Fête de la Tulipe La Fête de la Tulipe

La Fête de la Tulipe La Fête de la Tulipe

La Fête de la Tulipe
How could one not have a great time around friends and such beautiful scenery? (there are lots more tulip photos too!)

This salad is incredibly simple – seriously, it takes 5 minutes to throw together.  So instead we can take our time to be outside enjoying good company and beautiful views of Springtime in full bloom :)

Also submitted to – Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Gluten Free Wednesdays


White bean tuna & pesto salad

Prep Time – 10 minutes
Total Time – 10 minutes

4 cups white beans already cooked & drained
1 cucumber, seeded and chopped however you like
1 red bell pepper, chopped however you like
1 scallion, green part and bulb chopped however you like
200g canned tuna, drained and fluffed with a fork (1 can)
2 heaping spoonfuls of pesto
salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Use a spoon to evenly mix them.
2. Enjoy.



Rosa April 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I love tulips and those clicks are awesome!

That is one delicious looking salad. I great lazy day dish…



Jenn April 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Thanks Rosa!

Eugene @ Food and Scent April 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

ahhhhhhh they’re so beautiful! Great photos! Really love the details and contrast. That salad is fantastic too .. light and perfect for spring time.

Jenn April 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks so much! I could’ve been there for hours I think, I didn’t get to see nearly all the gorgeous tulips that I would’ve liked, they were so enchanting :)

gretchen April 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

wow. wow. tulips… my favorite! i love all the variations… thanks for sharing. (the salad too!) yay for spring!

Jenn April 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Thanks! I was amazed at all the different varieties there were!

Valérie April 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Sigh… It’s still too cold here in Montreal for salads – I’m having onion soup tonight! And not a tulip in sight, of course. But your post reminds me of what I have to look forward to!

Jenn April 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

It’s been 17º C and higher this past week, absolutely lovely for being outside – hope Springtime comes soon for you!

Molly Jean April 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

What a delicious twist on tuna salad. I’m bookmarking this!

Gorgeous photos too.

Jenn April 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks Molly Jean!

Rivki Locker April 18, 2011 at 12:42 am

What a beautiful, adult tuna salad! And those tulips are gorgeous. Mine are blooming now, too. Yippee! Spring is here!

Jenn April 18, 2011 at 6:57 am

Thanks! yay I’m glad you have nice Spring weather too!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle April 18, 2011 at 1:05 am

These almost make me cry…not only because they are so beautiful but because spring has not sprung here yet. I’ve known, since I moved to Denver 25 years ago, that we are a full month behind in seeing the spring season but before Twitter and blogs I wasn’t reminded DAILY of that fact. I want tulips now too Jenn and it’s all your fault!

Jenn April 18, 2011 at 7:06 am

Oh Barbara I wish I could send you some pretty tulips…. hopefully Spring will come soon!

Anita Menon April 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

wow what shots you have captured. I am entralled as they are treat to my eyes. The salad sounds summery and delightful

Jenn April 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Thanks so much!

Wendy @ Celiacs in the House April 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Those tulips took my breath away. Now I’m going to make that recipe for my lunch and pretend I’m in a park in your part of the world surrounded by tulips.

Jenn April 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Oh thanks Wendy! I hope you enjoy!

Lana April 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

I love the simplicity and all the different ingredients in this salad. So easy, but I can tell that it would be delicious. We are moving towards salad-time here in California, and it’s always nice to get another great idea.
The photos are stunning, as usual:)

Jenn April 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Thanks Lana!

Robyn April 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous photos! We don’t see a lot of tulips here but I love them. You have mad skills with that camera!

Jenn April 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Thanks so much Robyn!

Lily April 20, 2011 at 3:42 am

This salad looks very delicious and the tulips are so beautiful! So happy that spring is here!

Jenn April 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm


InTolerantChef April 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Beautiful salad with the lovely smooth tasting beans, and perfect blooms on the tulips. What a perfect day!

Jenn April 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Aww thanks!

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats April 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

What gorgeous photos. You must have been in Morges. I missed La Fete de La Tulipe – I think I was leaving right before it started? Not sure.

HAve yet to post my vacation roundup and our meetup – so sorry. I will email you once I get that up.

Jenn April 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Oh yes I need to put up a photo from our gtg as well – it was so much fun meeting you!

Linda April 21, 2011 at 3:03 am

The salad sounds delicious, Jenn. And those tulips are gorgeous.

Jenn April 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

Thanks Linda!

AmandaonMaui April 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I’m thinking this would make a nice dinner over some chilled quinoa, or it could even be served hot over warm quinoa.

Jenn April 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Oh great ideas!!

Diane October 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I just made this and it is so yummy!! Nice and light and fresh tasting!! Thanks for sharing!!

Jenn October 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Oh I’m so glad you liked it!

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