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Summer Salad of Seared Tuna, Lima Beans, and Tomatoes

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 tuna steak and 1 1/2 cups bean mixture)
Weir's students make this dish with the various types of fresh beans they find at the local market. If you can't find fresh limas, try flageolets, cranberry beans, or any combination of shell beans.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled lima beans
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 3/4 pound yellow wax beans, trimmed
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 6 (6-ounce) tuna steaks (about 1 inch thick)
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 6.6 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 3.6 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 46 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 9.1 g
  • cholesterol 77 mg
  • iron 3.5 mg
  • sodium 362 mg
  • calcium 105 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill.

  2. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add lima beans; cook 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Add vinegar and oil, tossing well.

  3. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add green beans and yellow wax beans; cook 7 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and combine lima beans, green beans, yellow wax beans, tomatoes, and basil in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; set aside.

  4. Coat both sides of tuna with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place tuna on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut each steak crosswise into 1/4-inch slices; arrange over bean mixture.

  5. Wine note: The perfect wine for a summer salad needs to be refreshing and crisp, while at the same time capable of standing up to the "meatiness" of the grilled tuna and the acidity inherent in tomatoes. My favorite choice comes from France: Sancerre. (Sancerres are always made from sauvignon blanc grapes.) Try the Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2003 (Loire Valley, France, $25), which is snappy, fresh, and full of citrus flavors. -Karen MacNeil