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Tuna Salad with Fennel and Pine Nuts

A large wooden bowl and small blue salad plate, filled with tuna salad, fennel, pine nuts, and sun dried tomatoes.
For this dish, I urge you to invest in the best tuna you can afford. Generally speaking with tinned fish, if you spend a little more you get better tasting fish. When I eat this, the fennel and pine nuts transport me to scorching summer days in Italy spent exploring craggy coasts.
Lola Milne

Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 35 mins
Salad
American
2 servings
145 kcal

Ingredients 

  • One can or jar (5 3/4-ounce) tuna in olive oil drained and oil reserved
  • 1 (9 oz) fennel bulb any tough outer leaves and core discarded, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon currants
  • Boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 3 sun-dried tomatoes finely chopped
  • Small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 medium (5 oz) head of chicory* roughly shredded
  • 1 medium (1 oz) banana shallot thinly sliced
  • Olive oil

Directions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • In an extra-small roasting pan, toss the fennel in the reserved oil from the tuna along with 3 tablespoons of water. Season with salt and black pepper and roast until soft and golden, about 20 minutes.
  • While the fennel is roasting, place the currants in a heatproof bowl, and cover with boiling water to soak.
  • When the fennel is ready, drain the currants and mix into the fennel, along with the tuna, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice, chicory, and shallot.
  • Taste and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil, if needed.

Notes

*What is chicory?

In this recipe, you're looking for the greens and not the perennial herbaceous plant. Chicory is a family of leafy greens that are related to lettuce but are heartier, with a bitter and earthy taste. Belgian endive, curly endive, escarole, and radicchio are all examples of chicories and any of them can be used in this recipe.