Bean and tuna salad with preserved lemon

Photography by Angie Norwood Browne

This salad is so good and so easy! It was inspired from a salad I ate from Hitchcock Deli.


Bean and tuna salad with preserved lemon


The success of this salad depends entirely on the quality of ingredients. Go for broke—using that expensive locally caught or Italian solid chunk albacore is the only way to go.


2 tsp. shallot, minced

2 + T. meyer lemon juice

1 can cannelloni beans

½ fennel bulb, cored and very thinly sliced

1 heaping T. preserved lemon, julienned, (see entry for preserved lemon recipe)

1 tsp. thyme, chopped

2 tsp. chives, chopped

1-3 calabrian oil preserved hot chilies, chopped (fresh chili also works)

1 6-7 oz. can high quality solid albacore tuna, drained, broken into large chunks

1 cup torn raddichio leaves

10 cherry tomatoes, halved

fruity olive oil

salt and pepper


Combine shallots and lemon juice in a bowl. Drain and rinse beans. Add to bowl, along with fennel, preserved lemon, thyme and chives. Stir, marinating briefly while you assemble the other ingredients. Add chilies and tuna, stir again. Finally, add raddichio, cherry tomato halves and a hefty drizzle of olive oil tossing together lightly. Season with salt and pepper. And more lemon if necessary.

Food styling and recipe by Patty Wittmann.


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy

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