Grilled Tuna with White Bean and Charred Onion Salad

Grilled Tuna with White Bean and Charred Onion Salad

It’s been super hot here. And humid. If there are 2 things I hate, they would be hot weather and humidity. Southern California’s only redeeming quality is the year-round 70 degree weather with a slight sea breeze. If this keeps, I’m leaving. The weather also means cooking is one of the least appealing activities ever. Being in a hot, stuffy kitchen is just miserable these days. The only recipes that are appealing are those with little to no heat or actually cooking involved.┬áThis meal is great for hot weather. Very little cooking is involved and being outside at the grill is much more enjoyable than a being stuck in a hot kitchen.

The bean salad was the definitely the best part of this meal. It was tasty and tangy. The grilled onions gave it a nice smoky taste, which was great with the salty capers. I would probably make the bean salad again, before I made the tuna. I think that the salad would be great with grilled chicken or shrimp as well.

Grilled Tuna with White Bean and Charred Onion Salad

Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

    For the Tuna:
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 (6-ounce) tuna steaks
  • Cooking spray
  • For the Salad:
  • 1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Instructions

  1. Prepare grill.
  2. To prepare tuna, combine the first 6 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add tuna to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once. Remove tuna from bag; discard marinade. Place tuna on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.
  3. To prepare salad, place onion slices on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until tender. Cool and chop.
  4. Combine vinegar and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add onion, cucumber, parsley, capers, and beans to vinegar mixture; toss to coat. Arrange 1 1/2 cups salad greens on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with about 1/2 cup onion mixture and 1 tuna steak.
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