Mediterranean Tuna With Pesto Quinoa

Mediterranean Tuna With Pesto Quinoa

Inspired by my recent trip to Barcelona, this dish is light, tasty and perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Swap the tuna for chicken or large chargrilled prawns if you prefer. 


Ingredients - Serves 2 (double up for 4 people) 
*2 yellowfin tuna steaks 
*80g dry Quinoa, cooked as per the packet instructions
*A handful of black olives sliced in half
*4 large sun-dried tomatoes, diced 
For the pesto (makes enough for other dishes, keep in an airtight container in the fridge and consume with 3 days)
*A big handful of fresh basil leaves
*2 cloves garlic
*85g pine nuts (plus extra for decorating)
*200g extra-virgin olive oil
*Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
*1/2 cup freshly grated parmasan cheese (or a small tsp. of fast acting nutritional yeast)
1. Blitz up all of your pesto ingredients and set aside. 
2. Add a tbsp. of pine nuts (additional to the pine nuts for your pesto) into a dry pan and toast evenly. Set aside for decorating later
3. In a seperate bowl add you cold quinoa, tomatoes and olives. Mix through.
4. Add 2 tbsp. of your pesto in the quinoa and section up onto to each plate. Set aside.
5. Season your tuna and add some olive oil before searing. I like my tuna medium rare, but you can cook a little longer. 
6. Add your tuna to each plate, sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts and add a drizzle of good olive oil to each plate

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