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Grilled Tuna with Mediterranean Chopped Salad

In a dish inspired by salade Nicoise, grilled yellowfin tuna steaks are accompanied by a chopped salad of green beans, tomatoes, and black olives.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2006


  • 8 ounces small red potatoes, peeled
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 ounces haricots verts, stems trimmed
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 12 Kalamata olives, pitted and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 small yellowfin tuna steaks (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
  • Sliced crusty bread, for serving


  1. Cover potatoes with cold water in a medium saucepan; add salt. Bring to a boil; cook until potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold running water. Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices; transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add haricots verts; cook until almost tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Plunge haricots verts into ice-water bath; let cool completely. Drain, and cut haricots verts in half. Add to bowl with potatoes. Add tomatoes, anchovies, olives, basil, oil, and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and set aside.

  3. Preheat grill to high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 2 seconds). Season tuna with salt and pepper. Grill tuna, turning once, 3 minutes per side for rare. Transfer to a cutting board; slice tuna against the grain. Grill bread, turning once, until slightly charred. Serve tuna with salad and bread.

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