Recipe courtesy of Siba Mtongana
Show: Siba's Table
Episode: Make It Modern
1 hr 20 min
(includes soaking time)
40 min
2 servings


Crushed Wheat:
  • 1/2 cup crushed wheat
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus for grill pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt and black pepper
  • One 200-gram (7-ounce) fresh tuna steak (see Cook's Note)
Lemony Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 250 grams (8 ounces) cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley, plus leaves for garnish
  • 4 stems (1/2 bunch) spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and cubed


For the crushed wheat: Soak the crushed wheat in cold water for 30 minutes, until the grains swell. Drain and transfer to a medium saucepan. Cover with water, add salt, and bring to a boil. Cook until tender, 20 minutes. Drain under cold running water.

For the tuna: In a bowl, mix together the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, olive oil, cayenne and some salt and pepper. Rub on the tuna with a fork.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and oil the pan. Sear the tuna until browned on the outside but still pink in the middle, about 2 minutes per side.

For the dressing: In a jar, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey and some salt and pepper. Shake well.

For the salad: In a large bowl, combine the cooked crushed wheat, cherry tomatoes, parsley, spring onions and cucumbers. Toss well. Add some of the dressing and toss again.

To serve: Tip the salad onto a large serving platter. Slice the tuna, maintaining its shape; set on top of the salad. Garnish with parsley leaves. 

Cook's Note

Cook's Note: If fresh tuna is unavailable, feel free to substitute two 6-ounce cans tuna in brine, drained.

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