Monday, July 22, 2013

Food: Fresh Tuna Salad with Avocado

I am not one to go spend the money on a tuna steak to turn it into a tuna salad. Seems like the salad would be an after dinner, lunch left-overs approach. But this ended up being a good approach with a novice tuna steak cooker such as myself. See, I can hone my tuna cooking skills while creating an edible meal. If I started with a tuna steak recipe and totally over-cooked it...well, salad it is. BUT, if I started with the intentions of the salad...then I MEANT to do that and have a good salad recipe outside onion, celery and tuna.

Well, I over-cooked the tuna, lol! But, not so much that it was too dry for a salad! I will continue to work with my pan, the stove, and timing to figure out the perfect combination to get that beautiful pink inside for the tuna steak. In the meantime, here is a great salad recipe from Food and Wine !


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • One 3/4-pound tuna steak, cut 1 inch thick
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup pitted oil-cured black olives, chopped
  • 4 Hass avocados, halved and pitted
  • Pea shoots or alfalfa sprouts, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the olive oil, fennel seeds and peppercorns and bring to a simmer over moderately low heat. Season the tuna with salt and add it to the saucepan. Simmer the tuna steak over low heat, turning once, until barely pink in the center, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and scrape off the fennel and peppercorns. Strain and reserve the oil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, blend the mayonnaise with the minced anchovies, capers, garlic and 1 tablespoon of the fresh lemon juice. Stir the celery, onion and olives into the dressing. Using a fork, break the tuna into 1-inch pieces, then fold into the dressing. Season with salt.
  3. Set 2 avocado halves on each of 4 plates, skin side down. Drizzle the avocado flesh with some of the reserved spice-infused olive oil and the remaining 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the tuna salad into the center of each avocado half. Top the tuna salad with the pea shoots or alfalfa sprouts and serve.

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