Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Tuna and Cannellini

Mediterranean-style meals focus on vegetables with the main dish in a secondary role. The key is simple prep that makes the most high quality, fresh ingredients.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Tuna and Cannellini
Prep Time:
25 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Grill Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 31 mins


  • 2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • ¼ teaspoon anise seeds, crushed

  • 2 6 ounce fresh or frozen yellowfin tuna steaks, 1-inch thick

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges

  • Flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Fresh basil sprigs (optional)


  1. In a large bowl combine cannellini beans, snipped basil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, the 2 cloves garlic, the orange peel, and anise seeds. Cover and chill for up to 4 hours.

  2. Thaw fish, if frozen; pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl combine rosemary, orange juice, lemon peel, and the 3 cloves garlic. Brush tuna with olive oil. Spread rosemary mixture over both sides of tuna, pressing to adhere.

  3. For a charcoal grill, grill fish on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 6 to 8 minutes or just until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, gently turning fish halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place fish on greased grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.) Thinly slice tuna steaks.

  4. To serve, divide tomatoes and bean mixture among serving plates. Place tuna slices on top of beans. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If desired, garnish with fresh basil sprigs. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

351 Calories
4g Fat
42g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 351
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 651mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 15.9mg 80%
Calcium 171.6mg 13%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 650mg 14%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.9mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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