How To Make Pan Seared Tuna with Citrus-Herb Vinaigrette


1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 (6 ounce) fillets ahi (yellowfin) tuna steaks, sushi-grade if possible

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 jalapeno or serrano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
3/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Salad Vegetables:
48 haricots verts (thin, French green beans), trimmed
16 baby carrots, greens trimmed to 1/4-inch
16 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
16 Nicoise, Gaeta, or Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup chervil sprigs


Stir together 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon parsley, and red pepper flakes. Toss tuna with marinade, and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Pour vinegar, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and soy sauce into the bowl of a blender. Add shallot, 1 tablespoon parsley, thyme, dill, honey, Dijon mustard, jalapeno, and ginger. Blend on high until smooth, then add 3/4 cups olive oil in a slow, steady stream with the blender running. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Fill another large container with half ice, half cold water, and set aside. Add the haricots verts to the boiling water, and cook until just tender, 35 to 40 seconds. Remove from the water, and immediately plunge into the ice water to cool. Next, blanch the carrots until just tender, about 1 1/2 minutes; chill in ice water until cold.

When the vegetables are cold, remove from the i