FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad

My father in law had the most glorious vegetable garden in Europe. Each time we visited in the summer, we were treated to the most delicious fresh vegetables and fruits. It’s in his memory that I made this delicious FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad using fresh tomatoes, onions, and cucumber.



herbs for salad

My father in law had a beautiful flower garden behind his house, but he really favored his vegetable plot. Daily, he would ride his bicycle through town to his “country plot”, wearing his gardening tie {!} and his French cap at a jaunty angle.



It was the delight of our eldest daughter, when she was little, to sit behind him on the bicycle in her seat to go on a gardening adventure with her Opa. A little basket with “snacks” was packed for the two of them and bound to the back of the bike. When they returned, they always had fresh vegetables, a few flowers, and stories to share of the adventures they shared in the vegetable garden.



FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad




Opa died suddenly at 70, while on vacation in Majorca. I can still picture him there, laughing at the table, raising a glass of wine as a toast.




It’s a loss our family still feels so much, all these years later. He was an absolute gem, funny, kind, loving and an all-around wonderful man. I joke with Mr. FGH that I really married him because I fell in love with his father, and thought he’d be a great grandfather to our children. {He was!}




FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad


FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad




This Tuna & White Bean Salad uses all fresh ingredients. It is perfect on a huge bed of greens. It’s perfect in a “wrap” or served with a loaf of French bread, fresh tomatoes and/or cucumber slices, and a glass of wine.




Inexpensive, easy, and healthy, it’s the ideal hot weather meal. It doesn’t contain mayonnaise, for those who are allergic. Be sure to use a good quality olive oil, it makes all the difference!  Customize it with olives, peppers, a little ranch dressing if you wish.




FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad




Delicious! Pack this in a container, add luscious summer fruit, a baguette if you didn’t opt for the “wrap” version, c’est fini!



It’s a favorite here at FrenchGardenHouse to eat outside in the garden, at the ocean, or in the park. {or inside, under the fan.}



FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad





FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad




1 (5-ounce) can Albacore tuna in water, drained

1 (15-ounce) can small white beans, drained and rinsed

3 Roma tomatoes, {or other tomatoes fresh off the vine} chopped

1/2 large cucumber, chopped

1/2 medium red or white onion, chopped

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more in reserve

1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, plus more in reserve

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Optional: green onions, grape tomatoes, black olives, red bell pepper, parsley, capers, celery, or grapes.  If the basil is prolific, I throw in handfuls of basil, and/or any other herb that is growing in the garden.


1. In a small bowl of cold water, soak the red onion for 10 minutes. Drain.

2. In a large serving bowl, combine tuna, white beans, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion. Add olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir thoroughly. Try a spoonful of the mixture and add more seasonings as necessary.

3. Let this sit 10-15 minutes so flavors can blend together. Stir and serve by itself, on a bed of lettuce, or in a wrap, use a tortilla, or one of the special “wraps” so many markets sell these days.

Serves 4.



I hope you try this, it’s so easy and refreshing for these hotter months.




French Bottle Carrier|Checked linen napkins|Cutting Board |Linen Bread Bag| | Red Cashmere Wrap|Linen Tote


Country dessert plates|French Bottle Carrier|Country bowls|Cutting Board|French Bread Basket






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17 thoughts on “FrenchGardenHouse Country Summer Salad”

  1. sunday hendrickson

    Excuse me, now i have to go make that for lunch…

    1. I We love this one. Super easy, fresh and filling. Hope you are having a glorious weekend over there!

  2. Lidy, this looks delicious. I will definitely make it. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. Our tomatoes are beginning to have little tomatoes on them and the basil is growing like it doesn’t want to stop. So I will soon have the necessary ingredients. Thanks again – happy weekend to you!

    1. Happy weekend to you, too Sandra! Fresh basil and tomatoes makes this so so good! I hope you love it. We’re having it for lunch today. : )

  3. Alice Genzlinger

    Hope your day is as precious as this post. I cried.

    1. Oh Alice, I’m so sorry! I didn’t want to make you cry.  You are so sweet.  
      It was such a blessing to have him as my father in law, and as the grandfather to my girls. 🙂  We have so many sweet memoriesof being with him.

  4. Rita Key

    I love everything about this post Lidy! The story, the beautiful pictures & the recipe. I will definitely try it.
    Thank you!

  5. Thank you Rita! I hope you love it…you can add all sorts of things and it’s still super good.

  6. This sounds excellent – pinned, and thank you for sharing! My go to is a Greek orzo salad. I have made it so many times throughout COVID I’ve lost count.

  7. Joel Peckham

    This salad fits in my weight loss menu. Can you use fresh tuna instead of canned fish.

    1. Joel, I don’t see why you couldn’t! It would make it even more delicious, in my opinion.

  8. Sharon Crigger-Stokan

    What a beautiful blog posting and I could almost picture your FIL! Your salad not only sounds yummy, but looks fabulous! And my husband loves tuna! Than you for sharing the recipe, Lidy!

  9. Stacey

    Lidy, I have made a recipe similar to this before and it’s so good! This will definitely have to be on my menu this summer. Enjoyed your family memories. 🙂

  10. noreen

    this salad sounds really delicious! We are in the heart of winter now (max today is 64 degrees F) but I shall add this to my repertoire of must have salad recipes.

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