Light meals are the best companion to hot weather, and Mediterranean cuisine is full of ideas and mouth-watering combinations that feed both soul and matter.
This dish reveals a plethora of summer wonders…tuna fish, olive oil, and capers play a tasteful game with each other, while lemon juice comes in to add freshness as the spring onions bring in their strong zest, for a complete and wholesome dish.
Herbs decorate the plate with their aromatic magic, finishing off this so easy to make recipe that easily stands on its own, as a light and round summer meal!
This dish reveals a feast of summer wonders. It is easy to prepare
and can be served in a buffet of mixed salads served outdoors or
as a light meal on its own.
Tuna Rice salad with Capers and Herbs
2 cups long grain white rice
2 cans (320 g each) tuna in olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper
¼ cup virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons capers in brine
½ cup spring onions, chopped
½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped, plus whole to garnish
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest, freshly grated
1.For the rice: In a large saucepan, add 4 cups of water and ½ teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Add the rice, reduce the heat to low.
2. Cover and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 18 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered with a clean tea cloth at least 1 hour.
3. For tuna: Drain the tuna of its excess oil. Transfer to a large salad bowl and flake with a fork.
4. To assemble: Add the cooled rice, to the salad bowl, mix in the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and capers. Add the spring onions, parsley, basil, and cilantro. Mix gently.
4. Serving: Serve at room temperature and garnish with the basil leaves and the lemon zest.
Serves 8 as a side or 4 as a main