Tuna, Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Relish this Italian-inspired tuna salad packed with mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil – a mild dinner made ready in 30 minutes.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 30 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 3
 

Ingredients

Tuna

1/2
lb. tuna steaks
1
teaspoon olive oil
1
small garlic clove, minced

Salad

3
large Italian plum tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
4
oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
2
tablespoons purchased balsamic vinaigrette
2
tablespoons chopped fresh basil

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat grill. Drizzle both sides of tuna steaks with oil; rub with garlic. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to marinate.
  • 2 Meanwhile, arrange tomato slices around outside edge of large serving plate or platter. Arrange cheese slices inside ring of tomatoes, overlapping tomatoes slightly. Drizzle with vinaigrette; sprinkle with basil. Set aside.
  • 3 When ready to grill, place tuna on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Do not turn tuna. Flake fish into chunks; arrange in center of tomatoes and cheese on platter.
  • 1 Heat grill. Drizzle both sides of tuna steaks with oil; rub with garlic. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to marinate.
  • 2 Meanwhile, arrange tomato slices around outside edge of large serving plate or platter. Arrange cheese slices inside ring of tomatoes, overlapping tomatoes slightly. Drizzle with vinaigrette; sprinkle with basil. Set aside.
  • 3 When ready to grill, place tuna on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Do not turn tuna. Flake fish into chunks; arrange in center of tomatoes and cheese on platter.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

To broil tuna, place on broiler pan; broil 4 to 6 inches from heat using times above as a guide.

Italian plum tomatoes are oval, pear-shaped tomatoes. Sliced lengthwise, plum tomatoes have a unique shape, which adds interest to a salad.

Fresh mozzarella cheese is shaped into balls and kept in water or whey. Often made from whole milk, fresh mozzarella has a soft, creamy texture and a mild, sweet flavor.

One tablespoon each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar can be used in place of the balsamic vinaigrette in this salad. Whisk together the oil and vinegar and add a small amount of crushed garlic. Standard vinaigrette dressing may also be used in this salad, but the flavor will not be as full as if balsamic vinaigrette is used.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
300
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Cholesterol
50mg
50%;
Sodium
230mg
230%;
Total Carbohydrate
4g
4%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
29g
29%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Vegetable; 4 Lean Meat; 3 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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