Grilled Tuna Salad with Roasted Peppers and Zucchini

This is a salad I make several times every summer.  It is great right off the grill and even better, in my opinion, when allowed to sit at room temperature marrying all together.  The grilled tuna absorbs the vinaigrette and each bite is juicy and full of flavor.   I usually prepare this several hours ahead; roasting the peppers, sautéing the zucchini and finally grilling the tuna.

It’s perfect for packing up for picnics as no mayo is used.  Veggies can vary too; I have made it with green beans instead of zucchini and added slightly grilled cherry tomatoes.  The tastes of meaty chunks of fresh grilled tuna make it hard to ever go back to opening up a can of tuna!  For me, it’s a meal in itself and I like to include this at BBQ’s for my non-meat eating guests or part of an antipasto platter.

Grilled Tuna Salad with Roasted Peppers and Zucchini

For the salad:

2 large peppers, red, yellow or orange or combination

1 large zucchini, cut in half and cut in thin strips

1 lb wild caught tuna steak

1 cup cherry tomatoes, optional

2 teaspoons capers, rinsed well, optional

For the dressing:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

To roast the peppers:  Preheat a broiler or grill.  Char the peppers on all sides and immediately place in a paper bag of covered bowl.  Allow the peppers to steam and cool about 15 minutes.  Peel the skin off the peppers and discard the seeds and stem.  Cut lengthwise into thin strips, set aside.

To saute or grill the zucchini:  In a skillet over medium heat, warm about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the zucchini until tender and golden brown.  Or grill the strips in a vegetable grill basket as the slices should be cut small.  Set aside

To grill the tuna:  Preheat the grill.  Lightly brush olive oil on the tuna and sprinkle on salt and freshly ground pepper.  Grill turning once until cooked to your liking, about 2-3 minutes per side depending on thickness of tuna.  I like to have a bit of pink inside.  Remove from the grill, allow to rest until cool.

Combine the roasted peppers and zucchini in a large bowl.  Break up the tuna into big chunks and add to the bowl.  Add in the optional cherry tomato halves and capers.  Pour dressing over the salad and lightly toss.  Serve immediately or cover serve room temperature or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.  Serves

19 thoughts on “Grilled Tuna Salad with Roasted Peppers and Zucchini

  1. This sounds fabulous – I love tuna, especially fresh grilled tuna! Unfortunately I’m the only in our house that will eat it. Maybe one of these days I’ll make it as a treat for myself. The dressing sounds delicious too!

    1. I wish you could taste it with the fresh, chunky tuna, but if I were to use canned tuna, I first would buy it from my Italian deli, and yes I purchase the one with oil, but then I would prepare the salad and place the tuna on top for serving. That way it wouldn’t get too mushy mixed into the salad.

  2. Lovely – fresh tuna is *so* much better than that mushy canned stuff isn’t it?! So firm and meaty. What are the herbs / leaves you have dotted around the dish?

    1. Thanks Charles, that is fresh oregano from my yard! Its chopped in the dressing and I thought the branch was pretty so I topped the salad with a few!

  3. What a great salad for summer, this looks delicious. I particularly like that you didn’t use any mayo. It just adds unnecessary calories in my opinion. Love the variety of colors in this dish too. 🙂

  4. I have some cold tuna salad before but never grilled. this is such a great idea and my mom and girl friends would love it. Actually throwing a little party next week and might bring this- will let you know how it goes!

  5. I absolutely need to grill my own tuna…you have convinced me. This salad looks so refreshing, filling and amazing. Great recipe Linda! I so wish i lived down the block from you…or at least not an entire coast away.

  6. My dad loves tuna! I would definitely prepare your salad for him. Am sure He would love it so. He needs this kind of healthy food. He just got from the hospital and recovering!

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