Seared Tuna Salad with Herbes de Provence, Grilled Fingerling Potatoes, Hickory Smoked Salt & Shaved Asparagus Salad

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
40 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Expert

Ingredients
  • Smoked Caper Vinaigrette:
  • 3 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 4 ounces capers, drained
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Tuna:
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna
  • Herbes de Provence
  • Olive oil
  • Grilled Fingering Potatoes:
  • 1 pound heirloom fingerling potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Asparagus Salad:
  • 2 radishes, shaved
  • 1 bulb fennel, shaved
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tips only, blanched
  • 8 ounces arugula
  • 4 to 6 quail eggs, hard-boiled,
Directions
  • For the vinaigrette: Place the salt in a zip-lock back. Fill the bag with smoke using a Smoking Gun filled with hickory chips. Seal and set aside for 20 minutes or longer. Repeat for the capers.

  • In a blender, combine the smoked capers and 1 tablespoon of the smoked salt. Add the rice vinegar, olive oil, mustard, agave and brown sugar. Blend until smooth.

  • For the tuna: Cut the tuna into 6-ounce portions. Roll on all sides in herbes de Provence. Heat a saute pan over high heat; coat with olive oil. Add the tuna and sear on all sides, 30 to 45 seconds side, leaving the center raw.

  • For the potatoes: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Toss the fingerling potatoes with the remaining 2 tablespoons smoked salt and some olive oil. Add to the pan and grill until fully cooked.

  • For the asparagus salad: Toss the shaved radish and fennel in a bowl with the asparagus and arugula. Dress with vinaigrette. Top with the quail eggs.

  • To plate: Place some grilled potatoes on each plate. Spoon some of the asparagus salad over the potatoes. Cut the tuna into slices and arrange on top of the salad. Serve.

Contestant/Competition Recipe: This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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