Thursday , 22 February 2018

Italian Tuna and Tomato Salad.

The weather here is going crazy and my co-workers are in and out with various illnesses.  We went from 11 degrees with windchill last Thursday to the low 60’s today.  I think the weather might be having some serious mood swings.

With the upswing in warmer weather it’s got me craving warm weather dishes.  This isn’t exactly in season so you could save this for true summer when tomatoes are at their peak, but in the winter Roma tomatoes are a good substitute.  I prefer to try to eat local but I’ll admit it, I compromised to make this dish.

Although if you live in Florida or one of the other southern states, Roma tomatoes hit their peak season at the end of November and stay in season through May (you lucky, lucky people you) so definitely give this dish a shot.

The Roma tomatoes are simply diced, then tossed with a bit of basil, minced red onion, garlic, Parmesan and toasted pine nuts to make a fresh tomato salad.  A simple balsamic vinaigrette finishes the salad and really brightens it up.

The tuna (sushi grade only please) was marinated in a bit more balsamic and oil with Italian seasoning before being quickly grilled.  If you have a gas grill feel free to grill it outside but due to the lack of outdoor space and the lack of a grill (yay apartment living) the trusty cast iron grill pan came out.

Italian Tuna and Tomato Salad.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Calories per serving: 310

Fat per serving: 16.5

Italian Tuna and Tomato Salad.


  • 2 ( 4 – 6 oz) sushi grade tuna steaks, about 1 inch thick
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1 ½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 – 3 Roma tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced basil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup minced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine 1 Tbsp balsamic, ½ Tbsp olive oil, 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning and a bit of salt and pepper, mixing well. Marinate tuna for 15 minutes, flipping half way through.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small container with a lid, combine remaining 2 Tbsp balsamic with 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp fennel seed, 2 Tbsp fresh minced basil and garlic. Put lid on container and shake vigorously until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper and then shake again.
  3. In a small bowl, place diced and de-seeded Roma tomatoes in a bowl along with minced red onion, pine nuts and Parmesan. Pour balsamic vinaigrette (that you just made in the container) over and toss well until coated. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron grill pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, place tuna on grill pan and grill for 2 – 4 minutes per side until done to your liking. Divide the tomato salad between two plates and top with cooked tuna.


Prep time includes 15 minutes or marinating time.

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  1. john@kitchenriffs

    The weather has been crazy, hasn’t it? We’ve gone from low 20’s to 70, and now it’s in the high 20s and going to maybe 8 degrees in a day or so. All of the seasons in just a few days! Anyway, great looking recipe. I love tuna, and at this time of the year begin craving fresh tomatoes. Maybe I should give some of the Romas a try (or maybe substitute cherry tomatoes – they usually have decent flavor most of the time). Good stuff – thanks.

  2. this is one heck of a meal! so savory and pretty…i really like the sound of that salad coz i can never get enough of tomatoes…hehe

  3. Our weather here has gone crazy, too. 60s two days ago and snow today. But I would try this tuna regardless of weather. Delicious! 🙂

  4. You definitely know how to grill and how to make perfect grill marks. I’m so easily tempted to eat this by beautiful presentation. Wah so cold. I shouldn’t complain about our 60F weather…
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  5. I wish I could get my husband to eat tuna steaks. I love them – they’re worth every penny! I love the simplicity of your meal. There wouldn’t be a bit left on my plate for sure. I hope the settles down for you. We’ve had a crazy weather year here in Seattle too.
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  6. These tunas look so amazing I could eat them all day!! I also love the seasoning you have on the tomato salad! Though I’m the biggest fan of Asian food, I kinda miss good ol’ western salads like these!!! Please mail them to meeeeeeeee! 🙂
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  7. Wow that tuna is perfectly grilled!

  8. Katie@Cozydelicious

    Looks awesome! I just bought some fancy balsamic – perfect recipe to test it out!

  9. Gosh, I thought I had commented on this, but obviously I didn’t. We’ve had crazy weather too, going from weather in the low 2 digits to 70 down to 8 and now snow. All in one week! Anyway, tuna combines so well with tomato – really nice flavors here. Thanks.
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  10. I love grilled tuna! This looks so delicious. Great recipe!
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  11. Now that’s a tuna salad!!! That tuna steak is beautiful, perfectly grilled! What a great salad! Love the addition of the pine nuts! They are perfect in just about any salad.
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  12. I can’t think of a better meal FJ – that is just the very best way to eat Tuna and I love love love your dressing and marinade. The weather HAS been insane and half the time I don’t know if I should be cooking for the summer or the winter!

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  13. It looks amazingly delicious. And jundging by the ingredients, it’s also incredibly healthy. This vitamin cocktail is excatly what we need in spring.
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