Friday, September 10, 2010

Seared Herbed Tuna and Nicoise Salad

I bought some beautiful fresh tuna from Costco and it was perfect for this recipe.

Seared Herbed Tuna
2 teaspoons herbs de Provence
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-ounce, 1/4 inch thick) tuna steaks
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 lemon wedges

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Brush fish with oil; sprinkle with her mixture.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add fish; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Ni├žoise Salad
4 small red potatoes, halved (about 1/2 pound)
8 ounces fresh green beans
1 (5-ounce) package gourmet salad greens
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olive halves (about 12 olives)
1/2 cup light balsamic salad dressing (Newman's Own is a good one or make it from scratch)
2 precooked peeled eggs, quartered
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

1. Place potato halves in a microwave-safe casserole dish, spread out in a single layer. Cover bowl with plastic wrap but don't let it touch the potato; leave room at the edge of the wrap to vent. Microwave high for 2 minutes or until tender.
2. Meanwhile, trim green beans. Add beans to potatoes, re-cover and microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until tender; drain. Rinse with cold water until cool; drain.
3. While vegetables cook, combine salad greens, olives, and salad dressing; toss well. Place about 1½ cups greens mixture on each of 4 plates. Place 2 potato halves, 3/4 coup green beans, and 2 egg quarters on each plate. Sprinkle with black pepper if desired and enjoy!

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