11 Aug2013


Let the produce speak to you. Do as little as you can to interfere with the farm fresh picks, and almost always, the results are simple, flavorful and stunning to behold. I had literally 15 minutes to prep and eat a quick lunch after taking photos of the Malipayon Farms goodies that arrived, so I put a small pot of water to boil, cleaned up some green beans, and blanched them for a couple of minutes and placed them under cold tap water to stop the cooking. Dry those on paper towels and add to a mixing bowl. Add two handfuls of mini-cherry tomatoes, a handful or two of small mexican cucumbers and two large chunks of superb tuna, in this case, bottled tuna from Spain. The pieces of tuna were the size of your thumb and forefinger combined, and utterly luxurious.


I made a simple dressing with red wine vinegar, grainy mustard, olive oil and added chopped italian parsley, fennel fronds and basil and mixed this all up. Season with salt and pepper and sit down to eat. I have been reducing my carbohydrate and salt intake lately otherwise some boiled new potatoes and a few olives would have been nice as well. Some lettuce greens would have bulked this up a bit as well. So easy to make, and if you are a fan of canned or bottled tuna, this quick salad may be right up your alley. The best canned or bottled tuna you can afford makes this dish particularly special. :)



  1. PITS, MANILA says:

    it’s perfect! i love vinaigrette, it’s healthy. i also cheat with some mayo …

    Aug 11, 2013 | 8:48 am


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  3. Joey says:

    Century has this nice, local substitute, MM. They call it “Premium Handline” chunks in olive oil. Individually caught daw. Masarap- in easy-open can pa! :-)

    Aug 11, 2013 | 12:18 pm

  4. Marketman says:

    Joey, yes, I mostly eat Century. In fact, the they have a Choice version that for a while, they distributed to friends and family only, (also sold at Terry’s) and exported the rest. But the pieces aren’t as big as the ones in some bottled Spanish versions such as Ortiz… For 95% of the tuna I eat, I happily eat Century tuna. I think I wrote about the choice tuna version before, here… :)

    Aug 11, 2013 | 12:22 pm

  5. Raph says:

    Thanks for the idea MM! This would be a great salad dish for the expensive ventresca tuna. Anyone knows where one can get a hold of those here in Manila?

    Aug 11, 2013 | 3:48 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    Raph, you can get the ortiz tuna at Terry’s delicatessen and associated outlets.

    Aug 11, 2013 | 6:19 pm

  7. mayk says:

    I think permex ang best locally canned tuna brand wala lang syang ad
    the best yung permex na yellow fin
    mahirap lang maghanap. out of stock ngayon sa landmark
    stock supply is erratic dahil nagupgrade ata ng facility ang permex

    Aug 11, 2013 | 9:28 pm

  8. Monique says:

    Almost like a Nicoise no? I have lots of smoked Tinapa from Leyte. Am going to try using your recipe with Tinapa instead of tuna :-) Thanks for sharing.

    Aug 11, 2013 | 11:22 pm

  9. Betchay says:

    I thought it was chicken….premium tuna is really chicken of the sea!

    Aug 12, 2013 | 12:21 am


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