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Republic of the Rio Grande Grilled Tuna and Grapefruit Supreme Salad

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A restaurant in McAllen, Texas, called Republic of the Rio Grande Grill and Cantina invented this entrée-size grilled tuna salad with grapefruit sections and red onions on top. It’s a classic combination of South Texas flavors—and a very healthy dinner.
Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Texas red grapefruits
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeño pepper, or hot pepper sauce
  • 4 tuna steaks, 6 to 8 ounces each
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 8 red onion slices

Instructions:

  1. Peel and segment 2 grapefruits; set aside. Squeeze the juice from the other half grapefruit into a measuring cup; it should yield about 1/4 cup of juice.
  2. To make the salad dressing, combine the grapefruit juice, vinegar, oil, garlic, salt, freshly ground black pepper to taste, and minced jalapeño in a medium bowl; mix well. Cover and refrigerate the salad dressing.
  3. Place the tuna steaks in a shallow dish. Pour 1 tablespoon of dressing over each piece of tuna. Turn the tuna in the marinade to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, or place all of the tuna steaks and marinade in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Light the grill. Remove the tuna from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. Grill for about 4 minutes per inch of thickness for rare, 6 minutes for medium or until done to taste, turning at least once.
  5. To serve, toss the greens with the salad dressing in a mixing bowl. Divide the dressed greens among 4 plates. Top each with a grilled tuna steak, then sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Spread grapefruit supremes over the top of the salad. Garnish with the cilantro and red onion slices.

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