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Salad Nicoise With Grilled Tuna

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 6 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 19 ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped, divided
  • 2 (5 ounce) sushi-grade yellowfin tuna steaks
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs, peeled and cut in half
  • 1½ pounds small Yukon Gold or Red Bliss potatoes
  • ¾ pound French green beans, topped and tailed
  • ½ cup oil-cured olives
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup torn basil leaves
  • 1 medium-large head of Romaine lettuce, washed and torn
  • 1 tin anchovy fillets (optional)
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the Easy Mustard Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 clove of garlic cut in half, to taste
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Nutrition Facts


378 cals


16 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

10 g


33 g


7 g


8 g


27 g


1149 mg


  1. Put the olive oil into a shallow dish large enough to hold the tuna. Mix in the parsley and half of the scallions. Rub the herb oil mixture all over the tuna to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge to marinate until ready to cook.
  2. Bring 1-inch of water and a generous pinch of salt to a boil in a large pot. Boil the potatoes just until tender, then throw in the green beans. Cook for 2 minutes or until they are just tender. Drain the green beans and the potatoes and cool under cold running water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
  3. Heat up a cast iron skillet. Cook the tuna for 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the other. The fish should be pink in the center but not rare.  Set the fish aside on a plate.
  4. Rub the skins off the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Place them in a large bowl along with the green beans, olives, tomatoes, basil, and remaining chopped scallion. Prepare the Mustard Vinaigrette, and pour the full recipe over them and toss together.
  5. Line large plate with the romaine lettuce, and in the center top with the potato mixture.
  6. Cut the tuna steaks into ¼-inch slices and arrange around the potato mixture on the plate. Arrange the hard-boiled eggs around the edge of the platter and curl an anchovy fillet, if using, on each egg. Serve.

Chef Tips

Use the thin haricot vert green beans. If you can’t find fresh, use frozen.

If fresh tuna isn’t available, substitute canned tuna.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society