Grilled Tuscan Tuna Salad

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
25 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Grilled Tuna:
  • One 1 1/2 pound fresh tuna steak
  • 2 teaspoons ground fennel
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil, for brushing
  • Salad Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons for serving
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 anchovy fillets, patted dry and finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed to a paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin Tuscan olive oil
  • Honey, if needed
  • Salad:
  • One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed well and drained again
  • 1 cup Gaeta olives, pitted
  • 1/2 bulb fresh fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces mixed baby greens
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh-flat leaf parsley
  • Loaf of Tuscan bread, grilled and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil
Directions

For the tuna: Remove the tuna from the refrigerator 20 minutes before grilling. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high for direct grilling. Mix together the fennel, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Brush the tuna with canola oil on both sides and sprinkle with the spice mixture. Grill until charred on both sides and cooked to medium doneness, about 5 minutes per side. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut into medium dice.

For the salad dressing: Whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, rosemary, anchovies and garlic in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking, until it all emulsifies. For a sweeter and thicker texture, whisk in a teaspoon of honey at a time, until desired taste and consistency is reached.

For the salad: Combine the beans, olives, fennel, onion and tuna in a large bowl. Add the dressing and gently toss to coat. Add the greens, basil and parsley , season with salt and pepper, and toss again.

For serving: Mound the salad on a platter and sprinkle the remaining lemon juice over the top.


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