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Grilled Tuna over Lemon-Mint Barley Salad

The flavors of the vinaigrette are mirrored in the marinade, so there's a double dose of the refreshing combination of the lemon and mint.

Cooking Light MAY 2005

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 (6-ounce) Yellowfin tuna steaks
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 2 cups chopped tomato
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • Cooking spray


Combine 1/2 cup mint, lemon rind, 4 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic in a shallow dish; add tuna, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in barley; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Spoon barley into a large bowl; cool slightly. Add remaining 1/4 cup mint, tomato, green onions, capers, and olives; stir well to combine. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and oil, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle over barley mixture; toss gently to coat. Set aside.

Prepare grill or broiler.

Place tuna steaks on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray; cook 2 minutes on each side until tuna steaks are medium-rare or until desired degree of doneness. Spoon about 1 1/2 cups barley mixture onto each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 tuna steak.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 415
  • Calories from fat: 15%
  • Fat: 6.9g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 47.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 41.9g
  • Fiber: 10.4g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 685mg
  • Calcium: 88mg