Orange, Watercress & Tuna Salad
This vibrant salad recipe contrasts flavor, texture and color—the velvety tuna steak is matched with crisp, peppery watercress and the floral tart-sweetness of blood oranges and aniseed. Blood oranges make the dish especially pretty—they’re available December through March. If you can’t find them, use any oranges that look good.
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 35
Total Time: 35
- 3 medium oranges
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced crystallized ginger or fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon aniseed, chopped or crushed, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1-1 1/4 pounds tuna steaks (about 1 inch thick), cut into 4 portions (see Tip)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup loosely packed tiny watercress sprigs or leaves (3/4-1 inch long)
- Peel oranges with a sharp knife, removing all peel and white pith. Working over a medium bowl, cut the segments from the surrounding membranes and let them drop into the bowl. Squeeze the peels and membranes over the bowl to extract all the juice before discarding them. Gently stir in oil, vinegar, ginger, coriander, 1/4 teaspoon aniseed, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne. Set aside.
- Position oven rack 5 to 6 inches from the broiler; preheat to high. Cover a broiler pan with foil.
- Season tuna with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each aniseed, salt and pepper. Place on the prepared pan. Broil for about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare, 4 minutes per side for medium or to desired doneness.
- Stir watercress into the orange mixture. Slice the tuna, divide among 4 plates and top with equal portions of the salad. Serve immediately.
Tips & Notes
- Tip: While the issues around tuna are complex, a good rule of thumb is that most U.S.-caught tuna, including Hawaiian, is considered a good or best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished. Look for tuna that was caught with a pole, called “troll,” “pole” or “hook & line” caught. If the method of catch is not on the label, ask your fishmonger how it was caught and tell him you want to know in the future. Avoid all bluefin and any species of imported longline tuna. For more information, visit seafoodwatch.org.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (94% daily value), Potassium (21% dv).
1 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 1 fruit, 4 lean meat