This is an ancient Ligurian salad in which all the ingredients were arranged in layers. Use whatever vegetables look best at the market.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 1995

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Recipe Summary

total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Put onions in a small bowl with water to cover and set aside to soak for at least 10 minutes.

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  • Rub the inside of a salad bowl with one of the garlic cloves. Rub the toasts with the other garlic clove. Mix 2 teaspoons of the vinegar with 2 teaspoons water and sprinkle over the toasts. Mix tuna and anchovies together in a small bowl. Mix basil and oregano together in another small bowl. Drain the onions.

  • To assemble the salad, put three toasts in the bottom of the prepared salad bowl. Top with tomatoes and sprinkle with one-fourth of the basil mixture, one-fourth of the tuna mixture and one-fourth of the olives. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the remaining vinegar. Add a layer of toasts, top with onions, basil mixture, tuna mixture, olives, oil and vinegar. Repeat the layering, using peppers in the third layer and cucumbers in the final layer.

  • Let the salad rest for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend, then toss it gently and season with salt and pepper.

Tips

Note: Chunk light tuna, which comes from the smaller skipjack or yellowfin, has less mercury than canned white albacore tuna. The FDA/EPA advises that women who are or might become pregnant, nursing mothers and young children consume no more than 6 ounces of albacore a week; up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna is considered safe.

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; protein 14.4g 29% DV; carbohydrates 23.3g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.1g 20% DV; sugars 7g; fat 13g 20% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 18.7mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 2414.8IU 48% DV; vitamin c 73.5mg 122% DV; folate 52.9mcg 13% DV; calcium 53mg 5% DV; iron 1.7mg 9% DV; magnesium 41.4mg 15% DV; potassium 596.4mg 17% DV; sodium 565.7mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV.