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Fresh-Tuna Nicoise Salad


This is a popular salad at some restaurants, with the tuna usually served pink.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1996


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the grill
  • 3 eight-ounce tuna steaks (1/2 inch thick)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 ripe cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 7 scallions, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 6 cups watercress leaves, torn in pieces
  • 3 teaspoons capers
  • 1/2 cup Nicoise olives, pitted
  • 3 anchovy fillets, rinsed, dried, and minced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Nicoise Vinaigrette


  1. Brush grill lightly with oil. Heat grill to medium-hot. Rub tuna with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sear tuna until just pink in center, 3 to 3 1/2 minutes per side. Slice across into 1/4-inch strips.

  2. Toss tuna, tomatoes, scallions, watercress, capers, olives, and anchovies with vinaigrette. Serve at room temperature.

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