Sicilian Style Tuna Salad with Capers and Olives Recipe

tuna with capers
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Some of the finest preserved tuna in the world comes from southern Italy -- tuna so good it would be a sin to mix it with mayo the way you would with regular canned tuna. This Sicilian-style tuna salad recipe relies on high-quality canned albacore tuna, lemon, capers and green olives. The pistachio nuts add an unexpected crunch. Want to make it even better? Poach fresh albacore tuna in olive oil yourself to make tuna confit. This Sicilian version of tuna salad is somewhat reminiscent of the French salade niçoise, which is another Mediterranean dish consisting of fresh cooked tuna, hard-cooked eggs, potatoes, green beans dressed in an anchovy vinaigrette.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound tuna (canned, top-quality or homemade tuna confit)
  • 20 green olives (Sicilian, pitted and chopped)
  • 2 chopped green onions (or scallions)
  • 2 tablespoons capers (rinse if they were preserved in salt)
  • 4 tablespoons fennel stalks (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano (fresh, finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (fresh, finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or oil left over from making the tuna confit)
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Flake the tuna into large chunks -- larger than typical canned tuna, but small enough to eat in one bite. Taste a piece. Does it need salt? If so, add a little, but remember, the olives and capers will be salty.
  2. In a large bowl, mix  green olives, green onions, capers, chopped fennel, oregano, parsley, olive oil and pistachio nuts. Check again for salt and add, if necessary, along with the pepper.
  3. The salad will store this way for a day or so in the fridge without losing quality. When you want to serve it, squeeze lemon juice over each person's portion and let it warm up at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 333
    Total Fat 16 g
    Saturated Fat 3 g
    Unsaturated Fat 7 g
    Cholesterol 62 mg
    Sodium 668 mg
    Carbohydrates 8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Protein 40 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)