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Radicchio Shells with Tuna Fish Salad

When it comes down to a Tuna Fish Salad, it does not have to be complicated. The salad I made, contains a little spice, a little pasta and some freshness from lemon zest and lemon juice. The radicchio leaves will add some bitterness that is countered by the olive oil – Radicchio Shells with Tuna Fish Salad is a healthy salad that’s served in a different coat. Serve it as an appetizer or a lunch or at a party.

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Living and working outside a big city, officially it is called rural, but unfortunately not much rural left, but still I am like 30-40 minutes outside the city of Atlanta and with just a few eat-out options. So going out for lunch on a regular basis, is not in the cards, but if I do, I often resort to eating a tuna fish sandwich. I happen to like it and it is a little healthier than a burger or a large sub, however, when it is a tuna sandwiches with heaps of mayo, you won’t see me eat that.

With that in mind, I made this tuna fish salad with some pasta mixed into it. The tuna fish I use is white Albacore in water, not in oil and I use the solid tuna, not the chunks. Reason for the water version is that I can decide what I want to add as fat source. This time just plain olive oil. You can still eat it with bread if that’s what you like.

The ingredients I used are pickled spicy beans, so called Mean Beans, capers, pill pasta, garlic, lemon juice and zest and of course tuna fish and the radicchio leaves as a vehicle for the salad. The result is really nice for a simple tuna fish salad. You’ll have the crunch from the beans and the tingling effect on your tongue, the softness of the pasta, still with a bite, the herbal flavor of the capers, the bitterness of the radicchio and the splash of ‘freshness’ from the lemon all mixed with tuna fish. And I only added just a little bit of salt and pepper it came out very flavorful.

So Radicchio Shells with Tuna Fish Salad is a delicious healthy meal; low fat, high fiber, rich in omega 3 fat and done in no time.

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Radicchio Shells with Tuna Fish Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time19 mins
Course: Salads
Servings: 2


  • 2 ounces pill pasta or any other small pasta
  • 3 1/2 ounces solid tuna fish in water
  • 2 ounces mean beans
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leaves of Radicchio
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley chopped


  • Boil water and salt in a sauce pan and cook the pasta according to the directions on the packaging. Drain and cool.
  • Wash the radicchio leaves and pat them dry.
  • Drain the tuna fish, and cut the mean beans in small pieces.
  • Transfer tuna to a bowl and shred tuna fish meat. Add all other ingredients to the bowl and mix.
  • Place the two radicchio leaves on a plate and fill them with the tuna fish salad.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
  • Add toasted bread if you like.


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