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Tuna & White Bean Salad with Arugula, Yellow Tomatoes & Olives

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Serves four as a main course.

  • 5 oz. (about 6 cups loosely packed) baby arugula leaves, washed and dried
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 to 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tuna steaks (about 1-1/2  inches thick), 4 to 6 oz. each
  • 1 15-1/2-oz. can Great Northern or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 pint yellow teardrop or grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

Put the arugula in a large bowl, cover with a damp paper towel, and refrigerate.

In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and 1/2 cup oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat a 12-inch heavy skillet over mediumigh heat. Brush the tuna generously with the remaining 1 to 2 Tbs. oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook the fish until the first side is browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until the second side is browned and the tuna is cooked to your liking, about 3 minutes. more for medium rare. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.

In a medium bowl, combine the beans, tomatoes, olives, and lemon zest and toss with just enough of the dressing to coat, about 3 Tbs. Season generously with salt and pepper. Toss the arugula with just enough dressing to coat lightly, about 5 Tbs., and season with salt and pepper. Portion the arugula onto four plates and top with a mound of the bean mixture. Slice the tuna into 1/4-inch slices and arrange on the arugula around the beans. Drizzle the tuna with a little of the remaining dressing and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 536; Fat (g): fat g 35; Fat Calories (kcal): 318; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 5; Protein (g): protein g 34; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 26; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 21; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 702; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 51; Fiber (g): fiber g 7;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Perfect combination of seared tuna, white beans & salad for any meal. Fast and easy to prepare. A keeper!

This really is delicious - why it took me six years to dig it out of a past issue (#72) I don't know... it all works so perfectly. I didn't skimp on the garlic or lemon zest, but didn't have any green olives, so had to skimp on those. My husband said, "When you ask me what I want for supper, remind me that I want this." So - it's a keeper - and a bonus that all three children gobbled it up as well!

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