Source: "The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil" from the American Diabetes Association and CanolaInfo | Category: Diabetes-Friendly, Heart-Smart, Salads

Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad

This light dish is a great choice for a summer luncheon or al fresco dinner.

Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad


  • Salad
  • 3/4 lb small red potatoes, diced 350 g
  • 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed 250 g
  • 4 tuna steaks ( 4 oz/125 g each, about 3/4-inch thick)
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 4 cups (2 oz/57 g) baby spinach leaves 1 L
  • 16 pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
  • Vinaigrette
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil 30 mL
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 30 mL
  • 1 Tbsp water 15 mL
  • 1/8 tsp salt .5 mL
  • 1/2 medium clove garlic, minced 1/2
  • 1/8 tsp dried red pepper flakes .5 mL
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano leaves 15 mL


  • 1. Steam potatoes and green beans 6 minutes or just until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water, shaking off excess liquid.
  • 2. While vegetables cook, combine vinaigrette ingredients in a small jar, secure with lid, and shake well to blend completely. Set aside 1/4 cup (60 ml) vinaigrette and brush remaining vinaigrette (1 Tbsp/15 mL) over fish.
  • 3. Coat a grill pan with canola oil cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Grill tuna over high heat 3 minutes on each side or until medium-rare or desired degree of doneness. (Do not overcook or fish will be tough.)
  • 4. Divide greens equally on four serving plates. Arrange potatoes, green beans, and olives over greens. Drizzle 1 Tbsp (15 mL) vinaigrette evenly over each salad and top with tuna.
  • Fresh tip: Fish is always best if purchased and prepared the same day.


4 servings

serving size

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) and 1 tuna steak

nutritional analysis

Per Serving

Total Fat14 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Cholesterol40 mg
Carbohydrates26 g
Fiber5 g
Protein29 g
Sodium280 mg