Grilled Little Gem and Asparagus with Tonnato Sauce Recipe
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Grilled Little Gem and Asparagus with Tonnato Sauce Recipe


  • For Tonnato Sauce:
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 (6.7-ounce) jar oil-packed tuna, drained
    • 3 tablespoons salt-packed capers, rinsed
    • 2 anchovy fillets
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • Juice from 1 lemon (2 to 3 tablespoons)
  • For Vegetables:
    • 1 cup fava beans, shucked
    • 6 ounces thin asparagus
    • 3 tablespoons tonnato sauce (from above)
    • 2 tablespoons toasted, salted sunflower seeds
    • 1/4 cup chopped curly parsley
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • Step-By-Step Instructions:

Grilled Little Gem and Asparagus with Tonnato Sauce Recipe

  1. Prepare Tonnato Sauce:
    • In a small blender, combine mayonnaise, drained tuna, rinsed capers, anchovy fillets, black pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust consistency with water if needed. Transfer to a jar and chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Prepare Vegetables:
    • Blanch fava beans in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to an ice bath. Remove and discard skins.
    • Trim woody ends of asparagus and steam for 3-4 minutes until bright green. Shock in ice water to stop cooking, then pat dry with a towel.
  3. Assemble the Dish:
    • Swirl tonnato sauce onto serving plates.
    • Arrange fava beans and asparagus on plates.
    • Sprinkle with sunflower seeds, chopped parsley, and freshly ground black pepper.
    • Drizzle with olive oil before serving.


  • For Tonnato Sauce: Blend together mayonnaise, tuna, capers, anchovies, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice until smooth. Chill before serving.
  • For Vegetables: Blanch fava beans, steam asparagus, then assemble on plates with tonnato sauce, sunflower seeds, parsley, and olive oil.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 1 plate
  • Calories: Approximately 350 kcal
  • Protein: 15g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 8g


  • “A fresh take on spring flavors! The tonnato sauce adds a creamy touch to the crisp vegetables.”
  • “Delicious and easy to prepare. Perfect for a light lunch or a starter for dinner.”

Grilled Little Gem and Asparagus with Tonnato Sauce Recipe

Community Tips and Praise:

  • Tips: Substitute peas or green beans for fava beans. Try toasted pecans or walnuts instead of sunflower seeds for added crunch.
  • Praise: “This recipe is now a staple for our spring gatherings. Everyone loves it!”

This Grilled Little Gem and Asparagus with Tonnato Sauce recipe combines seasonal vegetables with a creamy, tangy sauce for a refreshing dish perfect for spring and summer meals. Enjoy the vibrant flavors and textures in every bite!

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