A fast, fresh, healthy salad that's perfect for a weeknight or weekend meal. This fresh salad utilizes fresh asparagus and arugula which is growing here in the Pacific Northwest in April and May but during summer you could use fresh string beans which is more traditional.
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: canadian, coastal, French, PNW
Author: Sabrina Currie
26 ozAhi Tuna Steaks Boneless
½ tspOlive Oilfor brushing on tuna
2smallNew Potatoes¾" dice
6-10Asparagus Spearsdepending on size, cut in half
10Nicoise or Mixed Hot Olives
1Anchovymashed, (or 1 tsp anchovy paste)
½ tspRaw Sugar
Prepare Salad Ingredients
Put a small pot of water on to boil and preheat a non-stick frying pan on medium.
Pat Tuna steaks dry with paper towel, brush very lightly with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with seasoning salt and place in frying pan once preheated. Cook 2 minutes each side for rare and up to 4 minutes per side for well done (I recommend rare). When finished, place on plate and let rest while finishing salad.
Once water is boiling, place 2 eggs in water and turn down to simmer for 6-8 minutes depending how runny you want your egg. Using a slotted spoon, remove eggs and put in cold water over for 1 minute to stop cooking. Do not drain water.
Place cubed potatoes into simmering water and cook for 8-10 minutes until cooked through but still firm. While potatoes are cooking, place halved asparagus spears in same pot and cook 1 minute, then remove with slotted spoon and run cold water over quickly to stop cooking. Once potatoes are done, drain in colander, discarding water.
While ingredients are cooking make dressing. Mash Anchovy in bowl with back of fork, then mix in the rest of the dressing ingredients and whisk well.
Assemble the Salad
Peel the eggs. On each plate, put half the arugula in the middle then surround the greens with the asparagus, potatoes, egg cut in half or quarters, tomatoes, and olives. Slice the Tuna against the grain and place on top.Drizzle the dressing over the top. The dressing makes enough for 4 so you will have more dressing than you need for this recipe so reserve the rest for another salad.
The vinagrette is hard to scale down to 2 servings so this recipe makes 4 but it is fantastic on any salad with hearty greens, tomatoes, avocado etc. or double the rest of the ingredients and make 4 servings of salad.