Flavor Your Life Shares a Tuscan Bean & Tuna Salad Crostini Recipe Prepared with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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The European Union funded campaign Flavor Your Life shares a recipe for a Tuscan bean and tuna salad crostini recipe prepared with extra virgin olive oil.

Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign dedicated to providing the latest in olive oil industry news, shares their recipe for Tuscan Bean & Tuna Salad Crostini prepared with extra virgin olive oil.

For the dressing, the recipe requires 1/3 cup and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 small minced garlic clove, ½ tablespoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.To make the dressing, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until well combined in a small bowl and set aside.

For the salad itself, the recipe requires 1 can of cannelloni beans (rinsed and well drained), 2 5-ounce cans of solid white tuna, ½ cup of fennel, ¼ pimento-stuffed green olives, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped Italian parsley, and 1 tablespoon of capers. The recipe also asks for 1 head of radicchio (finely shredded) and 2 long, thin baguette loaves cut into ¼ inch thick rounds, lightly brushed with olive oil and oven toasted.

To make the salad, gently toss together the beans, tuna, fennel, olives, onion, parsley and capers. Pour the dressing over the tuna salad and toss until it is all well combined. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. To make each crostini, place a few radicchio shreds onto a toasted baguette round.Then, top each crostini with about 1 tablespoon of the prepared chilled bean &tuna mixture. This recipe is best served fresh.

One variation to the recipe can be made by substituting the fennel for celery. This recipe is perfect for holiday parties and can also be thrown on top of a salad bed of greens or made into sandwiches. It is also a great way to incorporate some antioxidant rich olive oil into your meal.

Flavor Your Life, a campaign supported by the European Union, Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news and health information about European extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil enhances the flavors of your recipes while providing health benefits. Flavor Your Life campaign, the voice of olive oil production quality control, aims to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing olive oil.

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