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Grilled Tuna with Salsa Verde


“Grilled tuna, salsa verde, and pureed navy beans are combined in this wonderful rustic dish. Salsa verde, also known as green sauce, is a provincial Italian condiment made with green herbs – parsley, basil, and oregano – which gives the sauce it’s bright green colour. The dish is bumped up a notch by setting the tuna on a bed of navy bean puree…”

I would highly recommend using the salsa verde for any type of dipping sauce – one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Singapore called “Valentino’s” uses this type of salsa verde to accompany fresh bread and water as you choose your meal for the evening… I think they also add toasted pine nuts which would quite possibly blow the roof off this salsa verde and make it legendary!

Here are the ingredients and instructions you’ll need to make the BEST grilled tuna ever! Serves 4:

Salsa Verde:

  1. 2 cloves of garlic

  2. 1 cup of firmly packed fresh basil leaves (I used the herbs from our garden for the first time!)

  3. 1 cup of firmly packed fresh parsley leaves

  4. 1/4 cup of firmly packed fresh oregano leaves

  5. 2 tbs capers

  6. 1 tbs Dijon mustard

  7. 1 cup of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

  8. salt & pepper to taste

Place the garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, capers, mustard, and olive oil in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds – season with salt & pepper and set aside. Place the tuna steaks in a resealable plastic bag – pour half the salsa over the tuna, seal the bag and marinate for the next 30 minutes. Don’t forget to keep the remaining salsa verde for later!

Bean Puree:

  1. 1 (15oz) cans of beans, drained and rinsed (we didn’t have navy beans so I swapped them for garbanzo beans – delicious substitute when in a pinch!

  2. 2 cloves minced garlic

  3. 1/2 cup cream

  4. 4 tbs unsalted butter

  5. salt & pepper to taste

Place the beans, garlic and cream in a saucepan on low heat for about 15 minutes. Pour the beans in your trusty food processor bowl , add the butter and pulse until the beans are pureed and smooth. Se