Herb Salad with Thyme-Crusted Tuna
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.
Cooking MethodGrilling, Pan-frying
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionFormal Dinner Party
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and TextureHerby, Light
Type of DishFirst Course Salad
- 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