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Herb Salad with Thyme-Crusted Tuna Recipe-1575

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Eric: Joel Robuchon inspired this salad—he used to serve a similar one in Paris—and I could eat it every day. To make it even better, toss in truffle shavings and barbecue the tuna.

Maguy: Barbecue Tuna? Oooh-la-la. I guess you'd say this is our tribute to American salads. Thank goodness we shave truffles on top to make the salad really French.

Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 cups mesclun (baby greens)
  • 4 teaspoons fresh chervil leaves
  • 12 small fresh basil leaves
  • 20 fresh tarragon leaves
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 (1-inch-thick) tuna steaks (about 10 ounces each)
  • 4 teaspoons barely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup vinaigrette 

  • Balsamic vinegar, for garnish
  • Two 10-inch nonstick skillets


1 In a bowl, toss the mesclun with the chervil, basil, tarragon, and mint. Set aside.

2 Trim off and discard the dark blood section of the tuna. Sprinkle one side of each tuna steak with a teaspoon of thyme, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over each steak and rub it into the tuna. Turn the steaks over and repeat on the other side.

3 Heat two 10-inch nonstick skillets over high heat until just smoking. Add 1 tuna steak to each skillet and sear until the tuna is browned on the outside and rare, but warm in the center, about 1½ minutes per side. Cut the tuna on the diagonal into ½-inch-wide slices.

4 Toss the mesclun mixture with the vinaigrette. Divide the salad among 4 dinner plates, mounding it to the side of the plate. Fan the tuna slices in a half-circle around the salad. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on each plate, making an arc in front of the tuna. Drizzle a few drops of balsamic vinegar into the olive oil and serve immediately.

© 1998 Eric Ripert and Maguy Le Coze

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information does not include vinaigrette. For nutritional information on vinaigrette, please follow the link above.

453kcal (23%)
46mg (5%)
9mg (15%)
1072mcg RAE (36%)
54mg (18%)
358mg (15%)
6g (28%)
34g (52%)
3mg (14%)

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