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Tuna Salad with Peppers, Green Beans and Zucchini

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Pizzeria
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  40 Minutes
  Serves 6-8
Most casual Italian dining spots offer a rendition of the ubiquitous tuna salad among their antipasti. Although it is common for Italian cooks to rely on canned tuna for these creations, here grilled fresh tuna is used. The salad is delicious eaten right away or marinated for up to 24 hours.
2 large, firm yellow bell peppers
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper
Ice water
1/4 lb small, tender green beans, ends trimmed
2 small, firm zucchini , cut in half crosswise, then cut lengthwise into thin strips
1/2 lb tuna fillet, cut into thin slices
olive oil for brushing
10 round or pear-shaped cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and drained
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Preheat a broiler or preheat an oven to 450 degrees F. Arrange the peppers on a baking sheet and place in the broiler or oven. Broil or bake, turning as necessary, until the skin is charred and blistered on all sides. Alternatively, one at a time, using tongs or a fork, hold the peppers over a gas flame until charred and blistered. Immediately place the peppers in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let steam until cool, about 15 minutes. Using your fingers, peel off the charred skin, then pull out and discard the stem and seeds. Cut in half lengthwise and trim away any seeds and tough white ribs. Cut each pepper lengthwise into thin strips.

Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a ridged stove-top griddle until very hot.

In a small bowl, whisk together the 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Bring a saucepan three-fourths full of lightly salted water to a boil. Have ready a large bowl three-fourths full of ice water. Add the green beans to the boiling water, blanch for 1 minute, then drain and plunge them into the ice water to stop the cooking and preserve the color. Transfer to a colander to drain well. Set aside.

In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add the zucchini and sauté, stirring occasionally and regulating the heat so that the strips do not burn, until tender and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain briefly.

Lightly brush the tuna slices with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place the tuna on the grill rack about 8 inches above the fire or on the griddle and cook, turning once, until firm and cooked through, 3-5 minutes total. Remove from the rack or griddle and, when cool enough to handle, gently break into large pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the bell peppers, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, basil and capers. Whisk the dressing briefly, then drizzle over all. Toss gently to coat the vegetables evenly. Add the tuna and toss again gently to mix. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6-8
Calories: 260
Fat. Total: 23g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 9g
Sodium: 42mg
% Cal. from Fat: 80%
Cholesterol: 13mg
Protein: 8g
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Rating: 5
by: PETA Reviewed: 07/21/2012
Delicious. Can be halved easily for 2-3
I've made this twice now, it is so good. To save time and effort, I substituted jarred roasted peppers (yellow &/or red). Other mods: fresh garlic I'd roasted a few weeks before, and half dried oregano since I didn't have enough fresh. I did use fresh tuna (yum!) but I wouldn't hesitate to use good canned or jarred tuna.
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