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Ventresca Nicoise with Asparagus & Anchovy Mayonnaise

Prep time
20 mins
Cooking Time
25 mins


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For the salad

  • 150g MSC canned tuna belly in oil 
  • 4 asparagus spears
  • ½ little gem lettuce with leaves separated 
  • 4 small new potatoes (Jersey Royals are great when in season)
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut as preferred 
  • 1 boiled egg, quartered
  • ½ red onion, finely sliced 
  • 6 black olives 
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil 
  • ½ lemon, juice of
  • Salt and pepper 

For the anchoide 

  • 40g MSC certified anchovies
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 3 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 200ml vegetable oil or oil from the tuna tin 
  • Small handful chopped parsley 


"Ventresca is the name for the belly of the tuna, in my mind it’s the best part of the fish to eat, succulent and oily, but in a good healthy way. Spanish and French producers make the best of all and I often treat myself to a large tin that will last me a while. I use the oil from the tin to make an anchoide, a flavoured mayonnaise-type sauce with capers and anchovies which works so well with it. It’s a staple in our restaurant the seahorse," Mitch Tonks

  1. Blend all the anchoide ingredients, keeping back the oil, until smooth.

  2. Slowly incorporate the oil until desired consistency as if making a mayonnaise.

  3. Cook the potatoes until just done and the same for the asparagus, let them cool.

  4. Place the lettuce, tomatoes, asparagus, potatoes, red onion and olives in a bowl.

  5. Make a dressing from the olive oil and lemon juice by whisking together. Season.

  6. Assemble on a plate, adding the tuna and quartered eggs then serving with a tablespoon of the anchoide alongside.


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