Pan Seared Tuna with Citrus-Herb Vinaigrette


A more modern version of Salade Nicoise with an Asian influence that can be eaten as an entree. Salmon, halibut, or snapper also go well in this dish.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings



  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 4 (6 ounce) fillets ahi (yellowfin) tuna steaks, sushi-grade if possible


  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 shallot, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ jalapeno or serrano chili pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced ginger

  • ¾ cup olive oil

  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Salad Vegetables:

  • 48 haricots verts (thin, French green beans), trimmed

  • 16 baby carrots, greens trimmed to 1/4-inch

  • 16 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 16 Nicoise, Gaeta, or Kalamata olives, pitted and halved

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup chervil sprigs


  1. Stir together 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon parsley, and red pepper flakes. Toss tuna with marinade, and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

  2. Pour vinegar, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and soy sauce into the bowl of a blender. Add shallot, 1 tablespoon parsley, thyme, dill, honey, Dijon mustard, jalapeno, and ginger. Blend on high until smooth, then add 3/4 cups olive oil in a slow, steady stream with the blender running. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside.

  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Fill another large container with half ice, half cold water, and set aside. Add the haricots verts to the boiling water, and cook until just tender, 35 to 40 seconds. Remove from the water, and immediately plunge into the ice water to cool. Next, blanch the carrots until just tender, about 1 1/2 minutes; chill in ice water until cold.

  4. When the vegetables are cold, remove from the ice water and pat dry. Place into a large bowl, and toss with the halved tomatoes, olives, onion, and chervil; set aside.

  5. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat until very hot. Remove tuna steaks from marinade, and wipe off excess marinade. Season the tuna to taste with salt and pepper, then sear in hot skillet to desired doneness, about 1 minute per side for rare.

  6. To assemble, toss the vegetable salad with enough dressing to lightly coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates, and place a seared tuna steak on top of each. Drizzle with additional dressing to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

696 Calories
49g Fat
22g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 696
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 635mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 31mg 156%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 1326mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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