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Hot tuna salad with basil dressing

Hot tuna salad with basil dressing

Hot tuna salad with basil dressing

On a lovely pile of asparagus, olives and tomatoes

On a lovely pile of asparagus, olives and tomatoes

Serves 2

Cooks In20 minutes

DifficultySuper easy

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 347 17%

  • Fat 16.5g 24%

  • Saturates 3.3g 17%

  • Sugars 5.8g 6%

  • Protein 40.7g 81%

  • Carbs 7.0g 3%

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 1 bunch apsaragus , trimmed (or use a good handful of green beans instead)
  • 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes , quartered
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil , leaves picked, baby leaves kept to one side
  • 1 handful black olives , stones removed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tuna steaks , from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free natural yoghurt


  1. Heat a griddle pan until it gets really hot then put your asparagus in it. Place a heavy saucepan on top so that it presses the spears right down on to the bars. Cook them for 2 minutes, turning them halfway through, until they have lovely charred marks. Pop the asparagus on a board and chop them in half at an angle.
  2. Put the asparagus in a bowl with your tomatoes, half the basil leaves, the olives, a splash of oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season, then toss it all together and put it to one side while you get the fish ready.
  3. Rub your tuna steaks with a little bit of oil and season them. Sear them for about a minute on each side in the griddle pan for a rare steak – leave them for 2 minutes on each side if you prefer them cooked medium, or 3 to 4 minutes each side if you like them well done.
  4. Pound the remaining basil in a pestle and mortar then mix in the yoghurt. Season and add some more lemon juice to taste.
  5. Put the salad on a plate, then tear the tuna into strips and pop them on top. Spoon over some of the basil dressing and scatter over the baby basil leaves.

Watch the video: Basil Vinaigrette (January 2022).