Tuna and Bean Pesto Rice Bowl

With canned white beans, basil pesto, arugula, tuna and savory yellow rice, this rice salad bowl delivers great Italian flavor, in minutes.

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Tuna and Bean Pesto Rice Bowl

Cooking time PREP TIME 4 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 1 min
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins
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PREP TIME 4 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Yellow Rice
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pouch (3 oz) tuna
  • 4 tsp basil pesto
  • 2 tbsp Italian vinaigrette


  • Our simple Tuna and Bean Pesto Rice Bowl hits the spot when you’re short on time and inspiration, but still want to savor a filling and fresh meal.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Toss together arugula, beans, tuna, and pesto in a small bowl. Serve rice in a bowl topped with tuna mixture. Drizzle with Italian vinaigrette.

    Recipe Tip

    For something new, substitute sun-dried tomato or olive pesto for the basil pesto called for in the recipe.

Hearty and Original

Jazz up your average tuna salad with this Italian-inspired rice bowl. Made with pantry ingredients, it starts with a base of our Minute® Ready To Serve Yellow Rice topped with canned tuna and white beans. Then, we give it fresh crunch with arugula and an herb pesto sauce. Finally, we use store-bought Italian vinaigrette for a finishing touch. For a complete meal that’s ready in just 5 minutes, this dish is hard to beat!

Keeping a few helpful pantry staples on hand, such as canned tuna, our Minute® Ready to Serve Rice, and beans is always a great idea so that you’re never without a meal. Use these items to create this recipe or get creative and learn how to make your own No Recipe Recipes, with our handy tips.

Adding canned white beans to this tuna salad helps make it a more filling dish. Beans are incredibly versatile and, when combined with rice, create a complete protein. This helps to make this salad heartier and helps keep you feeling satisfied for longer.

Convenient Flavor

Combining a base of rice with flavorful, store-bought sauces, like basil pesto or sun-dried tomato pesto, is a quick and easy way to add flavor to any meal. If you’re not a fan of pesto, try using other favorites like hummus, chimichurri or even tandoori sauce.

Try out these different sauces in any of these tasty and quick rice bowls:

Pesto: Pesto Shrimp and Rice Bowl
Hummus: Spicy Hummus Rice Bowl
Chimichurri: Chimichurri Tuna Salad
Tandoori: Tandoori Cauliflower and Rice Bowl

Find these and many more meal options in our recipe section! To start, try making our easy Red Beans and Rice recipe.

Looking for a no fuss weekday meal? Try our Cheesy Chicken and Rice Recipe with Broccoli.

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