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Sicilian tuna salad from Scopa Italian Roots

Sicilian tuna salad from Scopa Italian Roots
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

It’s a simple composition: crisp haricots verts, capers, celery, baby potatoes and Italian tuna tossed with a generous drizzle of fresh lemon juice. Yet uncomplicated as it may seem, Scopa Italian Roots’ Sicilian tuna salad makes for an elegant appetizer, ... Read more

Total time: 35 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 40 pieces haricots verts
  • 2 cups baby potatoes
  • 4 (2.8-ounce) cans of Sicilian tuna, including oil, preferably Callipo
  • 2 tablespoons chopped capers
  • ¼ cup celery leaves
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sliced fresh celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • Salt

Step 1Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. Add the haricots verts to the hot water and boil just until crisp but tender, about 30 seconds. Strain and shock in the ice bath, then drain and set aside.

Step 2In a small saucepan, boil the potatoes until just tender, about 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, drain and cut each in half.

Step 3Place the prepared vegetables in a bowl. Add the tuna, capers, celery leaves, celery, parsley and lemon juice. Gently toss and season with salt to taste.

Note: Adapted from a recipe by Chef Antonia Lofaso of Scopa Italian Roots.

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