Seared-Tuna Niçoise Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing

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Seared-Tuna Niçoise Salad with Sesame-Miso Dressing


Here a classic Niçoise salad is reimagined with Japanese flavors, including a delicious miso dressing, black sesame seeds and crispy sheets of nori.


  1. 6 large eggs

  2. 1/4 cup mirin

  3. 1/4 cup soy sauce

  4. 1/2 pound thin green beans, trimmed

  5. 1 pound baby potatoes

  6. 1 pound tuna steak, 3/4 inch thick

  7. Salt

  8. 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  9. 1/4 cup light miso

  10. 1/4 cup rice vinegar

  11. 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  12. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  13. 5 ounces tatsoi, baby spinach or mesclun greens

  14. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

  15. 6 small radishes, thinly sliced

  16. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  17. 1 Hass avocado, thinly sliced

  18. Black sesame seeds, for garnish

  19. 18 large sheets seasoned nori

  1. Put the eggs in a saucepan with cold water and bring to a boil. Cover and let stand off the heat for 10 minutes. Drain and shake the eggs to crack the shells. Fill the pot with cold water and ice; let cool. Peel the eggs and transfer to a plastic bag. Add the mirin and soy sauce and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Boil the green beans until crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to the ice water, then drain and pat dry. Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and add the potatoes to the ice water to cool slightly. Peel the potatoes and slice 1/3 inch thick.
  3. Preheat a grill pan. Season the tuna with salt; rub with the sesame oil. Grill the tuna over high heat for 3 minutes, turning once, for medium-rare. Let stand for 5 minutes, then slice the tuna.
  4. In a mini food processor, combine the miso, vinegar and mayonnaise. Slowly add the vegetable oil and process the dressing until creamy.
  5. Drain the eggs and halve them. On a large platter, arrange the greens, vegetables, eggs and tuna. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Pass the nori sheets and dressing at the table.

Suggested Pairing

Lively, green apple-scented Spanish Verdejo.