Walnut Couscous and Tuna Tower

Walnut Couscous and Tuna Tower

4 reviews, 3.2 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Clever use of ramekins creates a terrific presentation.


3/4 cup California walnuts; chopped, plus 4 large pieces for garnish
1 8-oz package large grain couscous; (also called Israeli pasta)
1 small Onion; chopped
2 6-oz cans water pack tuna; drained
2 tablespoons pitted green olives; chopped
2 tablespoons capers; drained
1/3 cup Italian parsley; chopped
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
2 medium red tomatoes; thickly sliced
2 medium yellow tomatoes; medium sized, thickly sliced
1 head frisee; (curly endive)
3 tablespoons reduced calorie red wine vinaigrette

Original recipe makes 4



Preheat oven to 350 F. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a sheet pan and toast until lightly browned, for about 5-7 minutes. Cool.

Spray a medium sized nonstick saucepan with canola cooking spray. Add onion and saut over medium heat until just softened. Add couscous and cook until lightly browned. Add 2 1/2 cups water; cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 8-10 minutes. Cool slightly. Add 1/2 cup of the walnuts, tuna, olives, capers, parsley, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Wash frisee, separate leaves and toss with vinaigrette. Divide evenly between 4 plates. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts.

Stack slices of tomatoes, in alternating colors in the centers of the 4 plates, on top of frisee.

Fill four 8-ounce ramekins (or custard cups) with couscous mixture and pack tightly. Invert ramekin on top of tomato slices to unmold. Garnish with reserved walnut pieces and sprig of frisee. Serve immediately.


Republished with permission, California Walnut Commission.

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Interesting variety of flavors. A pretty and tasty salad. Not well received by my kids, but the adults thought it was delicious.
jdriemeyer 2m ago

[I made edits to this recipe.]
vogelap 8y ago

'Tower' food is a lot of fun. If you'd like to go 'higher' than you have ramekins for, try using an empty soup can. I cut the end off to make an open cylinder that I fill with layers of food. If you go too high or things fall apart, you can always eat the mistakes.
promfh 10y ago

Republished with permission, California Walnut Commission [I posted this recipe.]
stevemur 10y ago

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