Recipe courtesy of Ching-He Huang

Eastern Style Tuna Nicoise Salad with Tea Marbled Eggs and Wasabi Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
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2 tablespoons mirin

1 tablespoon peeled grated ginger

1 tablespoon light soy sauce

Two 6 to 8-ounce Ahi tuna steaks

Wasabi Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 teaspoon wasabi paste

Juice of 1 lemon or 1/4 cup clear rice vinegar

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon light brown sugar

Pinch sea salt

Freshly ground white pepper


1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

Sea salt

2 tablespoons peanut oil

8 ounces French green beans, blanched

4 ounces mixed greens

10 cherry tomatoes, halved

8 Tea-Marbled Quail Eggs, recipe follows, or 2 large eggs, medium-boiled and quartered

1 small Romaine lettuce heart, thinly shredded crosswise

2 teaspoons brined capers, drained

8 pitted kalamata olives

Tea-Marbled Quail Eggs:

12 fresh quail eggs

1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

1 teaspoon light soy sauce

1 teaspoon light brown sugar

3 whole star anise

2 black tea bags


  1. For the tuna: Whisk together the mirin, ginger and soy until combined. Add the tuna, toss well to coat, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 
  2. For the wasabi vinaigrette: Whisk together the soy sauce, wasabi paste and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Add the oil in a slow, steady stream while whisking constantly until combined. Season with the sugar, salt and white pepper and stir well.
  3. For the salad: Remove the tuna from the marinade, shake off the excess and sprinkle the five-spice powder and sea salt equally over all sides. Heat a cast-iron skillet or flat griddle over high heat. Add the oil and heat until rippling, and then sear the tuna in the hot pan, 1 minute per side. Let the tuna rest for 5 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain. 
  4. To serve, divide the green beans, mixed greens, tomatoes, Tea-Marbled Quail Eggs and Romaine 2 plates. Fan the tuna slices over the top, scatter the capers and olives over the salads and drizzle the dressing evenly over each plate.

Tea-Marbled Quail Eggs:

Yield: 12 eggs.
  1. Put the quail eggs in a small saucepan and cover with 2 cups of cold water. Add the five-spice, dark soy, light soy, sugar, star anise and tea bags and heat over high heat until the water begins to bubble. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Lift the eggs, a few at a time, out of the liquid with a slotted spoon and crack them all over with the back of a teaspoon, leaving the shells on. Return the eggs to the liquid and let stand until cooled. Chill the eggs in their liquid in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Peel the eggs and rinse briefly just before serving.