This vibrant salad recipe contrasts flavor, texture and color--the velvety tuna steak is matched with crisp, peppery watercress and the floral tart-sweetness of blood oranges and aniseed. Blood oranges make the dish especially pretty--they're available December through March. If you can't find them, use any oranges that look good.

Lori Longbotham
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2012


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  • Peel oranges with a sharp knife, removing all peel and white pith. Working over a medium bowl, cut the segments from the surrounding membranes and let them drop into the bowl. Squeeze the peels and membranes over the bowl to extract all the juice before discarding them. Gently stir in oil, vinegar, ginger, coriander, 1/4 teaspoon aniseed, 1/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne. Set aside.

  • Position oven rack 5 to 6 inches from the broiler; preheat to high. Cover a broiler pan with foil.

  • Season tuna with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each aniseed, salt and pepper. Place on the prepared pan. Broil for about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare, 4 minutes per side for medium or to desired doneness.

  • Stir watercress into the orange mixture. Slice the tuna, divide among 4 plates and top with equal portions of the salad. Serve immediately.


Tip: While the issues around tuna are complex, a good rule of thumb is that most U.S.-caught tuna, including Hawaiian, is considered a good or best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished. Look for tuna that was caught with a pole, called “troll,” “pole” or “hook & line” caught. If the method of catch is not on the label, ask your fishmonger how it was caught and tell him you want to know in the future. Avoid all bluefin and any species of imported longline tuna. For more information, visit

Nutrition Facts

208 calories; protein 28.9g; carbohydrates 13.1g; dietary fiber 2.6g; sugars 9.7g; fat 4.3g; saturated fat 0.5g; cholesterol 44.2mg; vitamin a iu 594.6IU; vitamin c 56mg; folate 32.6mcg; calcium 59.3mg; iron 1.2mg; magnesium 52mg; potassium 712.2mg; sodium 195.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Easy and Elegant! I made this last night (for 2 - recipe halves easily) and served with a rice side dish. It was delicious and quicker than the 35 minute prep time given. (Most of the time goes into peeling the oranges.) I didn't have Anise seed so left that out but the flavor was still remarkable. Will definitely make again! (This Jan/Feb 2012 issue has loads of great recipes!) Pros: Great flavor elegant presentation easy to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
WOW! This recipe is absolutely delicious and I highly recommend it! I followed the recipe exactly I think the sweetness of the crystalized ginger makes this. I also had some sesame seeds that I added to the tuna before baking which gave it an extra crunch. So good! Pros: Quick and very easy satisfying Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This had really good flavor! Rather than deal with the oranges next time though I would just pulse that w/ the vinegar and oil in the blender a couple of times. Read More