Black Bean Tuna Salad

Black Bean Tuna Salad

Tired of the same ol’ salad? You know, lettuce with the same ol’ ingredients? Revamp your simple, predictable lunch, by making this protein-packed, nutritious, and oh-so filling black bean tuna salad instead.

I love salads, but when it comes to additions I can be quite finicky. I’m not a fan of raw veggies like peppers and broccoli in salads, nor can I stomach heavy calorie-laden dressings, like Caesar or Thousand Island.

Pasta salads are a great alternative to lettuce-based salads, but gluten-free pasta simply doesn’t cut it, especially since pasta salads taste best the day after (and gluten-free pasta does not!).

Black Bean Tuna Salad

Needless to say, this limits my salad variations greatly. But I’m cool with that, because ever since I whipped up this delicious combo I have yet to crave anything but this black bean tuna salad.

The contrasting flavours and textures makes this salad a winner-creamy avocado and black beans, sweet tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, rich tuna, earthy scallions, and tart lime juice.

Black Bean Tuna Salad

In a nutshell, a wholesome, quick and healthy lunch that you can put together in just 5 minutes! Devour it in the comfort of your own home, or please an entire crowd by bringing this delicious side dish to a family barbecue.

This salad is delicious as is, but I’m sure extra additions, such as bell peppers, roasted corn, and perhaps some mango, would make it even more delicious. The simple, clean flavours of the olive oil and lime perfectly cut through the richness of the salad, but a touch of your favourite vinaigrette will also do the trick!

Black Bean Tuna Salad

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me onInstagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Black Bean Tuna Salad

: Serves 2
: 5 min

Tired of the same ol’ salad? You know, lettuce with the same ol’ ingredients? Revamp your simple, predictable lunch, by making this protein-packed, nutritious, and oh-so filling black bean tuna salad instead. I love salads, but when it comes to additions I can be quite finicky. I’m not a fan of raw veggies like peppers and broccoli […]


Black Bean Tuna Salad
    1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 cans tuna, drained
  • good quality extra virgin olive oil, quantity as desired
  • juice of half lime (optional)
  • sea salt to taste

Drain the black beans, rinse with water, then pat dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel. Remove the pit from the avocado (look HERE for detailed instructions), the score the flesh in cubes and remove with a large spoon.

Combine the beans and avocado with the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and garnish wit scallions, lime juice, olive oil and sea salt and stir gently to combine all the ingredients.

Black Bean Tuna Salad

Serve cold or at room temperature. This is hearty enough all on its own but is also delicious scooped up with tortilla chips or stuffed into a pita.

Store leftovers in the fridge for one day. If making in advance and storing in the fridge omit the salt (which will draw out all the water from the tomatoes and cucumbers leaving you with a soggy salad!) and season just before serving.

Black Bean Tuna Salad

31 thoughts on “Black Bean Tuna Salad”

  • Jennifer Medeiros 7 years ago

    Healthy and fun. I know some folks in this family that will absolutely love this. This pasta salad is the perfect recipe for summer.

  • Jason Nail 7 years ago

    That looks quite delicious. With it being so hot outside, pasta salads really are the way to go. i’ll be shying away from hot dishes for a few more months.

  • Audrey Kidwell 7 years ago

    This looks so great! I love Avocado!

  • That looks so delicious! I’ve been thinking of ways to have more seafood and this looks like such a great lunch idea for me. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Tiffany Cutcliff 7 years ago

    I would LOVE this! I love tuna salad and love different variations. I also love black beans. Yum. Thanks for this recipe!

  • Farrah Less Gomez 7 years ago

    Salad is my thing as well esp. nowadays I am trying to stay fit and healthy. Adding some variety of fresh veggies on my salad is a good idea.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer 7 years ago

    Fresh and easy salad. I have made something similar just not with Tuna. I have added chicken before. It is one of my favorite easy summer salads I will have to try the tuna option too.

  • This looks amazing! I’m really into eating tuna salad the old fashioned way, I didnt know you could add things like black beans and avocado. This looks really good. I’ll probably make this after Memorial day as a lighter alternative, because we are going to eat sooooo much BBQ 🙂

  • Rochkirstin Santos 7 years ago

    Mmmm black tuna salad looks amazing! The bowl of salad has different textures and flavors with elements in different colors as well. It’s interesting to know how one spoonful filled with various ingredients would taste like.

  • Would you believe I have never had a bean salad before!! I love that you put tuna in this, perfect way to add protein in to it. This looks so good, I need to make this to try it.

    • Really? I need to eat more protein (and I don’t eat meat) so I’ve learned to experiment with more flavours and it seems to me that tuna goes good with everything!

  • I love all the ingredients so I am sure it will taste delish. The tuna kinda threw me, but I thought the same thing when told about apple and tuna sandwiches and those are delish, so I will have to be brave and give this one a shot. Your pictures look amazing!

  • Kristy 7 years ago

    Now that is a grown up Tuna Salad! It looks oh so good, too. Love how you added black beans and avocado to it. I’ll be looking forward to the next time I have Tuna Salad now!

  • Jennifer S. 7 years ago

    This Black Bean Tuna Salad sounded pretty good… I was thinking “yeah, maybe I’ll make it” until you mentioned adding it into a pita. TOTALLY sold now! I love salads in pitas and will definitely be giving this a try soon!

  • Inspiring Kitchen 7 years ago

    I love salads, especially in the summer. This one looks so delicious. I am not a fan of black beans, but I think this is worth a try. I love that this looks easy to make.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer 7 years ago

    All of my favorites in one bowl!!! Yummy!! I could totally enjoy this for lunch at work. I know my coworkers would want a try too!!

  • This back bean tuna salad looks awesome. I am not a fish person, but I know some white meat chicken would do great with this and I love that you avocados in it. I know mixed with the beans it can give it a creamy texture.

  • This sounds like a nice and hearty salad for the summer. I love the combination of black beans, tuna and avocado. I think I’ll try this recipe. And yes, it would be great with tortilla chips!

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