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Nicoise Salad with Ahi Tuna Steaks

Nicoise Salad with Ahi Tuna Steaks

This salad takes a little bit of time with all of the prep and individually cooked components but it’s worth the time. Everything can be made ahead of time and the tuna grilled right before serving. You can use canned tuna but using ahi steaks just kicks it up a notch.


  • 2 Ahi tuna steaks
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil + 1 tbsp for steaks
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 dry mustard
  • 1 tsp ground sea salt
  • 1 finely diced green onion
  • 5-6 small baby potatoes
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • handful of trimmed green beans (15-20)
  • handful of mixed salad greens or lettuce
  • 10-12 black olives
  • 4 anchovies fillets

Tuna steaks

Zest the lemon and dice the peels finely. Season the steaks with salt & pepper and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add half of the lemon zest and place the steaks in the fridge for at least an hour. Do NOT add any of the lemon juice to the steaks, use the zest only. The juice will actually cook the steaks. Grill to rare on a hot BBQ or hot pan just before serving salad.


Boil the potatoes, drain, cut in half and put in a bowl. Blanch green beans until still slightly firm, drain and add to potatoes. Combine the oil, vinegars, salt, pepper, mustard, remaining lemon zest and lemon juice. Add 2/3 of dressing mixture to bowl of potatoes & beans and chill in fridge for at least one hour. Cut the boiled eggs in half. Spread the lettuce on a dinner plates and top with equal amounts of potatoes, beans, egg halves and olives. Top with anchovies fillets and drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve with fresh bread and grilled tuna steaks. Some people also add tomato slices but I don’t like them in this salad.

(This recipe makes 2 entree sized salads. You’ll also notice that I forgot to add the black olives before I took the photo.)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 50 minutes (includes refrigeration time)

Yield: 2 servings

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