White Bean & Tuna Salad With Hard-Boiled Eggs & Dukkah

May  1, 2016
6 Ratings
Photo by Linda Xiao
  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This is a super-quick throw-together that's elegant, rustic, and very tasty served with warm country bread and olive oil. The first time I had this was in Barcelona, 25 years ago. I have been making it ever since, and my only addition are the hard-boiled eggs for more oomph. The contrast of soft eggs, crunchy onions, salty tuna, and sweet beans is addictive. —olive

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe was both easy to prepare as well as beautiful. It was delicious on it’s own, however I added some lemon zest for freshness and flaky sea salt to finish. I loved it so much, I made it a second time using sherry vinegar in place of the lemon juice. This increased the complexity of the salad’s flavors and enhanced the nuttiness of the dukkah. I would describe it as a Spanish play on a Niçoise salad. Paired with grilled country bread and olive oil, it made for a perfect dinner. —Christa Chialtas Gault

What You'll Need
  • 1 can rinsed white beans, cannellini or Northern
  • 1 can tuna of your choice, drained; hold some oil back for the dressing if you like
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced into half moons
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced in half
  • 1 splash extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 handful chopped parsley and/or scallions
  • 3 dashes dukkah, a mixture of sesame seeds, ground cumin, caraway seeds, red chilis, and black pepper. This is my own mix; buy store-bought if you prefer.
  1. Place white beans and forked, flaked tuna on a platter. Strew over red onions. Season with glugs of extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add freshly chopped parsley and scallions. Place eggs on top, season with dukkah, and drizzle with more olive oil. Serve with warm toasted country bread.

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25 Reviews

Margo H. August 18, 2017
Delicious, no Trader Joe's anywhere in our neck of the woods so I had to google a recipe, because all of you lovely people didn't say how much of each in your Dukkah. lol Really do love this, Robin is right though, I too have tried Rancho Gordo's, dried beans and their Ayocote Blanco beans are really great in this! They have a great variety of dried beans you ought to try them the flavor is better than what you get in the store and their site has some really good recipe ideas. margo haynes
Cheryl July 24, 2017
Delicious! I served over quinoa. I made my Dukkah too (toasted sesame seeds, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper & red pepper flakes). Next time would add tomatoes. Thank you!
olive July 30, 2017
Thank you Cheryl ! So happy you enjoyed ! Love the quinoa idea !
Adrienne June 26, 2017
What a wonderful and simple recipe. I used zatar in place of dukkah since I already had it in my pantry with excellent results. Thank you! This will be on regular rotation on busy summer evenings.
robin L. January 17, 2017
...extra yummy with Rancho Gordo's Ayocote Blanco beans!
robin L. January 17, 2017
This is DELICIOUS. And I'm glad I found my first use of the Dukkah I'd bought on a whim at Trader Joe's.
olive April 20, 2017
Yayyy! So glad Robin !
olive June 16, 2016
Hey Monica ! Thank you so much! Yeah so simple and yummy right?! Thanks for trying it out !! ;)
Monica J. June 16, 2016
Super simple. Very tasty! Will be adding this as a regular dinner in my house!
olive June 15, 2016
Hi anotherfoodieblooger ! YES get them in and make it- a great little summer no cook dinner! ;)
We ALWAYS have tuna and white beans in the pantry, so I was going to make this today because I had boiled up some eggs. Was sadly disappointed as I had neither, which shocked me! I will update you on the results when I do. :)
Jane W. June 13, 2016
you guys this is GOOD. I lazily opted out of the eggs and the dukkah but was happy enough with the outcome to eat it for lunch on repeat last week. Luckily my deskmates are fishy-food friendly, something to keep in mind...
olive June 11, 2016
Hi Laura, I found this recipe on TheKitchn !!!
I myself just fling it all together and taste - but a recipe or guide I know is helpful to folks !!!

Happy Cooking !
Laura415 June 11, 2016
Will research Dukkah recipes. Is this a middle eastern spice mix? We have a good store nearby for those kinds of ingredients. Otherwise I could see it with Furikake which is readily available. Or just use as many ingredients of Dukkah as I have and leave it at that. Wish there was a recipe for Dukkah on here.
mtnnewf April 21, 2017
Laura415, there are lots of recipes online for Dukkah. From my research, every family's is different. I combine several recipes and came up with one I love. Another way to use it is to serve with chunks of French or Italian bread, a dish of olive oil and the dukkah; dip the bread in oil then dukkah and pot it in your mouth.
Kate May 28, 2016
I made this quick and easy dish by skipping the dukkah and adding embellishments of micro greens and tri colored quinoa pulled from another tuna and white bean salad on this website. Used Tonnino brand tuna packed in olive oil, which was the basis for the dressing. Great flavor. Next time I might add a salt packed anchovy.
olive May 26, 2016
Hi DLGoldstein ! I don't have a recipe for the dukkah- but took a small glass and added a lot of sesame seeds and then bits and bobs of the others….it's more sesame seeds than anything else- then add good fat pinches of the cumin, fresh ground pepper, caraway seeds, and crushed red chili flakes. Hope that helps ! Enjoy ! p.s this can be stored in a spice jar in the cupboard to use on as many other dishes as you like. I always sprinkle some on scrambled eggs or avocado toast.
dlgoldstein May 26, 2016
Yay! Thanks!
dlgoldstein May 26, 2016
Is there a place where we can find your dukkah proportions? Can't wait to try this!
olive May 25, 2016
Thank you Julie ! It really is a quick yummy dish !!!! Enjoy !
Julie May 25, 2016
Thanks for sharing this yummy little quick dinner -- I love this kind of stuff.
olive May 20, 2016
Thank you Christa for the lovely review !!!! So happy you enjoyed it and made your wonderful additions! The sherry vinegar sounds really nice - I will try it next go !!!
Christa C. May 21, 2016
Olive...thank you for the inspiration! It was amazing!
olive May 3, 2016
Thank you for your comment Anka! That sounds very sweet !!! ;)
anka May 3, 2016
I love your recipe.
Thank you for bringing back some funny memories. At one point something similar like this was my brother’s favored meal; bean salad with onion, no tuna but a couple of anchovy and eggs over easy.