Seared yellowfin tuna with black olive and petite herb salad


  • Serves 4 people

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 gm piece of yellowfin tuna, skin and sinew removed
  • 50 gm Ligurian olives
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 asparagus spears, trimmed and blanched
  • 1 small Spanish onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 cups (loosely packed) chervil sprigs
  • 3 cups (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives
  • To serve: extra-virgin olive oil
  • Lemon dressing
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, peeled,white discarded
  • 1 lemon, finely grated rind only
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salted capers, rinsed, drained and chopped
01   For lemon dressing, using a fork, mash egg yolk in a bowl, add lemon juice and mustard and whisk to combine, then gradually add oil, whisking continuously, until emulsified. Add capers, lemon rind and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Makes 1/3 cup.
02   Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, cook tuna for 1 minuteon each side, season to taste then rest for 4-5 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl, drizzle with half of the dressing and season to taste. Discard remaining dressing.
03   To serve, cut tuna into 4 steaks and arrange on plates with salad, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve immediately.
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