Sicilian Tuna, Potato and Caper Salad

Course Main Dish, Salad
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium boiling potatoes peeled and cut in small dice
  • 1 large tomato or roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 celery stalk angle cut in thin slices (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 small sweet onion halved pole to pole, cut in slivers
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons capers preferably salt-cured, rinsed
  • 4 cups torn salad greens
  • 7 ounces good-quality canned tuna or fresh tuna poached in olive oil recipe follows
  • Small black olives such as Gaeta


  1. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, salt and black pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
  2. Place the potatoes in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Drain and cool under running water. Add to the bowl with the dressing and gently turn the potatoes until coated.
  3. Halve the tomato and scoop out the insides; cut the shell in thin strips. Alternatively, cut a roasted pepper in strips. Add to the potatoes along with the celery, onion and capers.
  4. Line 4 plates with the greens and spoon the salad over them. Arrange the tuna and olives on top. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe Notes

Tuna Poached in Olive Oil: Cut 1 pound of boneless fresh tuna in large chunks and coat with 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt. Pack tightly in a medium saucepan or small skillet. Add1 rosemary sprig, 1 garlic clove, several peppercorns, a bay leaf and olive oil to cover (about 1 cup). Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook very gently until just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Cool. Transfer the pan contents to a ceramic container or glass jar. Refrigerate for up to a week. To use the tuna, break into smaller pieces. When it’s all gone, discard the oil.