Seared Rare Ni\u00e7oise Tuna Lettuce Cups

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

This isn't your typical Salade Niçoise! This is a chunky mix of herbes de Provence-seared rare tuna steak and marinated white anchovies, tossed with crisp haricots verts, juicy baby tomatoes, hearty potatoes, briny black olives and capers, sweet basil, and a lemon-thyme-honey citronette with that Provençal perennial: extra virgin olive oil. Spooned into lettuce cups and devoured like tacos, this is a hearty, bright, light-hearted take on a seaside classic.

About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.

Seared Rare Niçoise Tuna Lettuce Cups

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
This recipe appears in: French in a Flash: Seared Rare Niçoise Tuna Lettuce Cups


  • 1/2 pound fresh tuna steak
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons, plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, halved
  • 2 teaspoons zest and 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon picked fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cooked and cooled, cut into twelve pieces each
  • 6 tablespoons blanched and cooled haricots verts or green beans, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 cup halved baby grape tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped Niçoise olives
  • 3 tablespoons slivered red onion
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 6 marinated white anchovies
  • 8 small leaves red leaf, romaine lettuce, or bibb lettuce


  1. 1

    Rub the tuna steak in 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil. Season with herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Sear the tuna for 45 seconds on each side, and immediately rub the hot fish with the cut side of the garlic. Set aside to cool for a few minutes, then cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  2. 2

    Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon zest and juice, the thyme, the mayonnaise, and the honey, and season with salt and pepper. Cube the tuna. Toss the tuna, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, olives, onions, capers, and anchovies with the lemon dressing in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange the tuna salad in the lettuce cups and serve immediately.

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