BBQ Asparagus Nicoise Salad

A fresh fast and fabulous dish for your next BBQ - fresh tuna and asparagus only take minutes to cook on the BBQ to create the base for this yummy main meal salad.

			  BBQ Asparagus Nicoise Salad

Serves: 4

Cooking time: 15 minutes


  • 8 chat potatoes
  • 2 bunches asparagus, woody ends removed
  • 2 x 300g tuna fillets
  • 2-3 tsp olive oil
  • 4 eggs, hardboiled, peeled and halved
  • 12 baby truss tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup Kalamata olives
  • 1-2 baby Cos lettuces
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 6 anchovy fillets, drained and torn
  • Fresh parsley or basil leaves, to serve
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper and lemon juice to taste


  1. Prepare dressing: Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Steam or boil potatoes until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside to cool.
  3. Pre heat BBQ or cast iron grill pan. Lightly coat asparagus and tuna fillets with a little olive oil and sear each side 2-3 minutes until lightly coloured. Take care not to over cook so tuna is rare inside and asparagus is just tender but still bright green.
  4. Remove from pan and set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Cut tuna into diagonal slices and cut asparagus spears in half. To serve, arrange all ingredients on a serving platter. Just before serving drizzle prepared dressing over salad, season with freshly ground black pepper and scatter with fresh parsley.


  • 1 X 425g can drained tuna in oil may be substituted for fresh tuna steaks – great for the lunchbox.
  • For this recipe to be gluten free, avoid using stocks, sauces and condiments containing wheat. Take care to check ingredient labels on all products you use.
  • For those who don’t need to avoid gluten, try tossing pieces of toasted garlic Ciabatta bread through salad just before serving.

Recipe provided by the Australian Asparagus Council

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