GRILLED TUNA WITH VEGETABLE AND WHITE BEAN SALSA
From "The New California Cook," by Diane Rossen Worthington.
• 2 medium shallots, minced
• 6 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
• 1 tsp. finely chopped lemon zest
• 1/4 c. olive oil
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
• 6 tuna steaks cut from center with no bone (choose size you prefer)
• 1 large shallot, minced
• 1 c. cooked white beans, such as cannellini
• 1/2 c. coarsely chopped English cucumber
• 4 small red radishes, thinly sliced and slices halved
• 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
• 1/4 c. Nicoise olives, pitted and halved
• 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
To make marinade: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together 2 shallots, 6 tablespoons lemon juice, lemon zest, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pinch of black pepper. Taste for seasoning.
Place tuna in large, shallow, non-aluminum dish. Pour marinade over tuna and turn to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but no more than 1 hour.
To make salsa: In a small mixing bowl combine 1 shallot, beans, cucumber, radishes, mint, olives, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Taste for seasoning.
To grill fish: Prepare grill for medium-high-heat grilling. Remove fish from marinade and grill about 3 inches from heat for about 3 minutes on each side. The tuna should be served rare. Serve with salsa.
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