Tuna Niçoise Salad

– courtesy Beaumont Kitchen, CF Sherway Gardens, Toronto

Tuna Niçoise Salad

For the salad:
4 seared tuna loins
4 soft poached eggs
Juice of three lemons
Olive oil
200 grams fava beans
200 grams boiled purple potatoes, cut in half
1 head Bibb lettuce, cored and coarsely torn
200 grams dried tomatoes
Cilantro pistou

For the tuna:
640 grams albacore tuna
10 grams toasted and ground coriander
8 grams kosher salt

Add salt and coriander to a plate and mix until incorporated. Crust tuna in the spice and salt mixture. Move the tuna to the fridge and let the spice and salt marinate into the flesh for at least one hour. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet up with a thin film of oil. Once the oil is almost smoking, add in the tuna and sear very briefly on all sides. Make sure the tuna is still completely raw on the inside. Carve the tuna with a very sharp knife into very thin strips. This can be done well ahead of time.

For the tomatoes:
500 grams halved cherry tomatoes
5 grams salt
10 grams chopped fresh thyme leaves
To prepare the tomatoes, toss the tomatoes with salt and thyme leaves and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Set the oven to the lowest setting, around 100°F, and dry them for about three hours.

For the cilantro pistou:
1 bunch cilantro, cleaned and coarsely chopped
200 grams olive oil
20 grams capers
Juice of one lemon
10 grams garlic
Water as needed

Add ingredients to a food processor. Blend until smooth. You will need to add water to get the mixture moving. The finished consistency should be pourable, but still chunky. The capers should provide enough salt, however you may need to add more salt to your taste.

To plate: toss together potatoes, fava beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and cured tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt, olive oil and lemon juice. Arrange the salad between four plates. Cut the poached egg in half and season the yolk with salt and pepper. Place one piece of egg on each side of the salad. Lay the sliced tuna across the salad and spoon the cilantro pistou liberally on top.

Serves 4.