Spanish Tuna Salad with Crispy Shallots

Serve your tuna steaks as a main-course salad garnished with fried shallots for an extra kick of flavour

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Smoked Spanish paprika enhances tuna with a deep smoky flavour in this main-course salad

Serve your tuna steaks as a main-course salad garnished with fried shallots for an extra kick of flavour

Smoked Spanish paprika, as a rub, enhances tuna with a deep smoky flavour. The crispy shallots make for a really different main-course salad. I prefer the peppery taste of arugula to the mixed greens, but both work well.


Crispy Shallots:

  • 4 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour for dredging
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil for frying


  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground Tellicherry or black pepper

Tuna Salad:

  • 1 cup oil-cured olives
  • 3 Tbsp. capers, drained
  • 1 (7 fl. oz.) jar piquillo peppers, drained and sliced
  • 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp. smoked Spanish paprika
  • 6 yellowfin or ahi tuna steaks (about 5 oz. each)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil for searing tuna
  • 6 cups arugula or mixed greens


  1. Start by making the crispy shallots.
  2. Dredge the sliced shallots in flour and shake off the excess.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan.
  4. Add the flour-coated shallots and fry on medium heat, stirring constantly to promote even browning. A note of caution: They start slow then brown relatively fast, so keep stirring.
  5. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and blot on paper towels. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Toss olives, capers, piquillo peppers and pine nuts together in a separate bowl.
  6. Rub the paprika on both sides of the tuna. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Sear the tuna 2 to 3 minutes per side for rare, 4 to 5 minutes for medium. Remove tuna from the pan and set aside.
  7. To serve, place the grilled tuna on a bed of arugula or mixed greens. Top each piece of tuna with the olive and caper mixture, and drizzle with the dressing.
  8. Garnish with the crispy shallots.

Serves 6.

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