Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette
Mediterranean Tuna Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette ~ this classic healthy French tuna salad plate is a wonderful melange of flavors, colors, and textures.
Course: main course salad
1 5-ozcan of Genova Yellowfin Tunapacked in olive oil
a handful of watercressrinsed and dried
1/2cupcanned black beanswell rinsed
1/2cupcanned cannellini beanswell rinsed
1/2cupcanned garbanzo beanswell rinsed
1/2cupred kidney beanscanned, well rinsed
large handful of fresh green beans
3or 4 radishessliced paper thin (I used a mandolin slicer)
about 10 cherry tomatoes
several basil leaves
fresh thyme sprigs
fresh tarragon sprigs
2Tablespoonsa fistful fresh tarragon
2Tbspchampagne vinegaror other mild white vinegar
1tspgrainy Dijon mustard
1/4tspfresh cracked black pepper
Drop the green beans in a pot of boiling water and let blanch for a minute or two, depending on the size of your beans. You want them to be bright green and just starting to get tender. Fresh beans cook up very quickly. Drain them and immediately immerse them in a bowl of ice water. Let sit until cold, then drain and pat dry,
Choose a plate or platter large enough so that each element of the salad has a spot of its own and arrange the canned beans in sections around the outside of your plate.
Put a small mound of watercress in the center and top the the tuna. Remove it from the can carefully, trying not to break it up too much.
Arrange the tomato halves and green beans on the plate. Scatter the radishes and fresh herbs across everything. Tuck in the lemon wedges and maybe a sprig or two of tarragon.
Just before serving, drizzle liberally with the vinaigrette.
To make the vinaigrette, remove any thick stems from the tarragon and place it in a small food processor. Pulse to finely chop it, scraping down the sides of the machine as necessary.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and puree. Taste the dressing and adjust any of the elements to your liking.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/mediterranean-tuna-salad-with-tarragon-vinaigrette/ June 16, 2015