Summer Tomato and Tuna Salad

Summer tomato and tuna salad on a white platter

Summer Tomato and Tuna Salad ~ if you think canned tuna belongs between two slices of bread, think again, this vibrant salad is just as easy to make, healthier, and a whole lot more exciting.

*Today I’m teaming up with Genova Seafood®, my tuna of choice, and as you know, I greatly appreciate your support of my brand partners — I only work with companies that I love, and they help keep TVFGI up and cooking!

Go ahead, eat with your eyes, and when you’re finished, run out and grab the best tomatoes you can find. If you’ve been paying attention here at all lately you should already have a stack of Genova Wild Caught Albacore Tuna in your cupboard. This meal proves you don’t need a laundry list of ingredients to eat well, just a few perfectly ripe tomatoes, some fabulous tuna, and the best olive oil you can afford. A good grinding of fresh pepper helps, and maybe a dash of sherry vinegar, depending on your tomatoes.

I’ve gotten up close and personal with lots of canned tuna thanks to my partnership with Genova over the last couple of years. I’ve popped open countless lids, taste-tested it in so many different types of recipes, and photographed it from every angle. I’ve developed quite a lot of respect for these little cans of pure protein, and they’ve become the centerpiece of many a healthy meal around here.

I feel so good knowing I’ve always got a few cans of Genova tuna on hand. How else could I make dinner out of a pile of tomatoes?

This summer tomato and tuna salad was inspired by this week’s farmers market haul. The only problem is that ripe tomatoes, like fresh summer berries, wait for no one. They could be past their prime by morning, in fact one of them developed a big split just on the ride home  ~ I knew we had to feast on them asap.

That’s where a great can of tuna comes in…I just sliced my tomatoes with a sharp serrated knife (gently!) and layered them on a platter with some fresh basil leaves. I popped open a couple of cans of Genova Wild Caught Albacore Tuna and lay the fish over the tomatoes. It’s packed in pure olive oil,  and so I don’t need to drain it, I just carefully lift it out of the can and onto the salad, leaving the big chunks of filet intact. Some salt, fresh cracked black pepper, and a nice fruity olive oil is all it needs. You could add some shaving or Parmesan, or little mozzarella pearls if you like. I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot out ~ and it is ~ this is really all we need for dinner.

TIP: The natural acidity of the juice from vine ripe tomatoes mixes with olive oil to form a ‘dressing’ so you really don’t need vinegar…but you may want a few drops, so taste to be sure. If you want something a little more, zesty, try my KALAMATA VINAIGRETTE.


  • Heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated plants that have come down in families or communities. They’re plants that haven’t been cross-pollinated with any other tomato.
  • Heirlooms are all the rage right now, and they’re downright expensive, but that’s because they’re not bred to be durable like hybrid tomatoes. They have to be harvested by hand and handled with extra care all the way from farmer to market. They also have a shorter shelf life.
  • Heirlooms come in a kaleidoscope of colors and odd, uneven shapes, and that’s part of their charm. I love to slice them because the inside is just as gorgeous as the outside!
  • You can buy them in farmers markets and some supermarkets. Trader Joe’s usually carries them too.
  • When choosing an heirloom tomato, go easy. They are so delicate that your regular ‘squeeze and sniff’ test could bruise them. I like to choose fairly firm tomatoes.
  • Don’t refrigerate tomatoes of any kind, they’ll get mushy. Keep them on the counter, away from the sun. Once cut, eat it right away.
  • If you love to garden, heirloom tomatoes are fun to grow, and lots of wonderful seeds are available, check out my AMERICAN ARTISANS feature on SMARTSEEDS for details.

Genova’s pop top cans are so convenient you’ll always have an alternative to that drive through burger. I know you’ve got choices out there for your canned tuna, but the next time you see Genova on your supermarket shelf, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. The Italian tradition of preserving it in great quality heart healthy olive oil really makes a difference, you’ll want to eat it straight from the can, just like I do 🙂

To find out where to buy Genova in your area, use their handy store locator. And you can always find it on Amazon.

Summer tomato and tuna salad on a white platter
3.25 from 12 votes

Summer Tomato and Tuna Salad

Course entree, Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 115kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 full sized heirloom tomatoes sliced
  • 2 cups assorted heirloom cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 5- ounce cans Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil
  • handful of fresh basil both purple and green
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Sherry or balsamic vinegar for drizzling


  • Arrange the sliced tomatoes on a platter, and top with the cherry tomatoes.
  • Spoon the tuna and some of the olive oil it's packed in over the tomatoes. Scatter the basil across the salad.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, and then drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.
  • Enjoy right away.


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.7g | Protein: 8.4g | Fat: 7.4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 99.6mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 3.2g
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Like I said above, you can add some shaved Parmesan, or fresh mozzarella to make this Summer Tomato and Tuna Salad a little more substantial.
  • Make up your favorite mayo based tuna salad and add it to the tomatoes.
  • Capers or black olives would add a nice touch.
  • Lots of thinly sliced red onions would be great.
  • You could use fresh dill or thyme in place of the basil.
  • Make this into a full-on SALAD NIÇOISE if you like. Or, add lots of satisfying canned beans to make my MEDITERRANEAN TUNA SALAD WITH TARRAGON VINAIGRETTE.


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My Summer Tomato and Tuna Salad is in the Mediterranean tradition of serving up healthy seasonal food simply and There's no need for heavy sauces or dressings, these ingredients can stand on their own, with maybe a dousing of the best olive oil in the house. | main course salad | healthy dinner | seafood | fish | 30 minute meal | whole 30 | gluten free | paleo |

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  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    August 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    This salad screams summer to me! Love all those gorgeous tomatoes!

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    Kim Beaulieu
    August 11, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    This is truly gorgeous. I can’t even get over how pretty this is.

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    Gina @Running to the Kitchen
    August 11, 2017 at 7:08 am

    This sounds like a great combo! Looks delicious!

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    Sandy @ RE
    August 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I miss our garden this year, but thankful for the local Farmer’s Market! Love this fresh, easy recipe!

    • Reply
      August 11, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Nothing can take the place of your own tomatoes, I wish I had a backyard garden too 🙂

  • Reply
    August 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    This salad is summer at its finest!

  • Reply
    Katherine | Love In My Oven
    August 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I love the colour of these tomatoes! This is a really great way to use canned tuna. Love!

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    August 8, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! I had a similar tuna / salad lunch today !

  • Reply
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    August 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Those tomatoes are GORGEOUS. I’m loving how you incorporated tuna for this beautiful summer dish!

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    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    August 7, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I love everything about this gorgeous salad… It’s so fresh, simple, and one of the most delicious ways I’ve seen to enjoy good canned tuna!

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Michele 🙂

  • Reply
    Celia Mance
    August 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I absolutely love all your recipes…. so fresh and the pictures are so vibrant. I would love to see you do a cooking show or video.

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Celia ~ I’m trying hard to get into video making, but it’s challenging!!

  • Reply
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    August 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    The colors on this salad are SO PRETTY! I LOVE Genova tuna, so this is most definitely going to be my next lunch!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    August 7, 2017 at 11:33 am

    We eat tuna so often in the summer because we don’t have to heat the kitchen. This sounds like awesome tuna and those tomatoes are the perfect way to show it off!

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      I don’t even mind heating my kitchen, my husband cranks the air conditioning so high I’m always cold, but I really appreciate how easy this is…and it gives me a break from my ‘eggs for dinner’ routine 🙂

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    Calleigh - TheForkBite
    August 7, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I love tomatoes and looking these varieties make me excited. Clean eating is the best!!

  • Reply
    August 7, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Oh yes please!! I have several tomato plants in my garden, the fruit isn’t quite ripe yet but I just can’t wait until it is .. this is just the kind of recipe I will be using them in

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      I can’t even imagine how good this will be with your home grown maters!

  • Reply
    August 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

    All of those tomatoes look beautiful! I wish we had a variety of tomatoes available in our supermarkets.

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 7:13 am

      I know how you feel, I’ve lived in places before where I couldn’t get this variety ~ but the good news is that it’s summer, and any great tomato will work with this salad 🙂

  • Reply
    kathi @ LaughingSpatula
    August 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

    You know I love everything you make and this is one more to add to my collection! Doing the ‘clean eating’ thing and this is gonna be perfect!

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 6:52 am

      What a great time of year to be clean eating…I think I eat really well, but I’ve never formally committed to going ‘clean’ ~ I think I still have too many comfort food issues 😉

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    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    August 7, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Our two salads do need to party together! Those tomatoes oh my oh my they are simply gorgeous! I love loe love a good heirloom tomato and when paired with high quality tuna and the best olive oil ever – the meal cannot be beat! Simply high quality ingredients make for the best recipes : ))

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 7, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Such a perfect Summer salad! I could happily eat this for lunch or dinner pretty much every day 🙂

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    Chris Scheuer
    August 7, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Wow, this looks amazing! Those tomatoes are magnificent! Thanks for the store locator too. I found exactly where I can get some of this wonderful tuna. Can’t wait to try this! Sharing and pinning so I’ll know just where to find it.

    • Reply
      August 7, 2017 at 6:26 am

      Even in the time I’ve been working with Genova, Chris, I’ve noticed it popping up in more and more places…

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 7, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Such a gorgeous creation and the tuna looks wonderful! A great lunch or light dinner. Love the idea of a little Parmesan and a splash of vinegar too! Pinning and sharing

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 7, 2017 at 3:58 am

    This is one glorious summer dinner! Fresh, flavourful and so GOOD for you too, Sue. I really love what you eat.

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