Swordfish on Escarole with Tomato-Basil Salad

Updated February 23, 2016


Grills and Greens

Published by Clarkson Potter

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Swordfish, like tuna, is a meaty fish that is best grilled or broiled.


Cooking Methodgrilling



Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, low carb, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free



Taste and Texturegarlicky, herby, savory, tart


  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 (8-ounce)swordfish steaks, ¾ to 1 inch thick
  • Olive oil
  • 1 bunch escarole, washed, dried, and finely shredded
  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch basil, chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bunch chives, minced (about ½ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste


Make a small X on the bottom of each tomato with a sharp knife. Plunge them one at a time into a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Peel, seed, and chop.

Combine all the ingredients for the Tomato-Basil Salad in a nonreactive bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Combine all the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Brush the swordfish with a little oil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Place the fish on the grill over hot coals. Rotate the fish to crosshatch after 1 minute. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once. Cover to keep warm.

Toss the escarole with the vinaigrette, mixing well. Place the escarole on individual plates and top with the swordfish set at an angle. Spoon 2 tablespoons Tomato-Basil Salad across half of each fish. Serve the remaining salad on the side.


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