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Recipes Tagged with “Tuna”

Lemon-Dressed Farro, Tuna and Chickpea Salad

Main Course Farro Tuna Untested


  • Grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup pearled or semi-pearled farro, cooked according to the package directions, then cooled (about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked or canned no-salt-added chickpeas (if using canned, drain and rinse)
  • 6 1/2 to 7 ounces canned, oil-packed light tuna, flaked (may substitute water-packed light tuna)
  • 4 ounces sweet onion, such as Maui, Vidalia or Walla Walla, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped, loosely packed parsley


Whisk together the lemon zest and juice and the oil in a small bowl to form an emulsified dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combine the cooled farro, chickpeas, tuna, onion, parsley and the lemon dressing in a large bowl. Toss to incorporate. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. For the best flavor, refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serves 6-8.

Stephanie Witt Sedgwick, Washington Post, April 3, 2013

Adobo-Rubbed Tuna Steaks

Main Course Tuna


For the avocado salsa:

  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 2 jarred piquillo peppers, diced (or substitute 2 jarred roasted red peppers)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the adobo:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted and ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes [CP: 1 tsp. for mild]
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper [CP: 1/4 tsp. for mild]
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper [CP: 1 tsp. for mild]
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Four 6-ounce tuna steaks
  • 1/4 cup peanut or canola oil

For the cucumbers:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1 European cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and very thinly sliced


For the adobo:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

Rub each of the tuna steaks with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil and sprinkle generously with the adobo. (Reserve any extra adobo spice rub for another use.) In a nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil until it begins to smoke. Sear the tuna on each side for only 1 minute — the tuna is served rare. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

For the salsa:

In a medium bowl, combine the diced avocados, scallions, peppers, and garlic. In another bowl, whisk together the orange and lime juices, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Pour over the avocado mixture and gently toss. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, for the cucumbers: Mix the sugar and vinegar in a bowl, stirring well. Add the cucumbers and allow to marinate for about 15 minutes.

To serve, arrange the cucumber in neat slices across each plate. Slice the tuna and lay it over the cucumbers. Spoon the avocado salsa on top of or around the tuna. Spoon a little of the pickling juices around the cucumbers, and serve. (Sometimes I add a little grated orange zest for garnish as well.)

Norman van Aken, Epicurious