Condiglione – Ligurian tuna salad

Condiglione – Ligurian tuna salad


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Condiglione (or cundiggiun as its sometimes known) is a regional speciality of western Liguria. Made up of summer vegetables, the salad is very similar to the more widely known salade Niçoise, from just across the border in France.

Traditionally the dish was made with mosciame – salt-cured and sun-dried dolphin meat made by Ligurian sailors. As the sale of dolphin meat is illegal, a similar product using tuna loin is often used, or tuna marinated in oil if you can't get hold of that. The salad was originally a 'poor' dish and included sailors' biscuits softened with tomatoes to bulk it out.

Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for 10–15 minutes or until cooked through. Drain, cool and cut the potatoes into halves (or quarters if they're slightly bigger)
Cook the eggs in boiling water for 7–8 minutes depending on how runny you want the yolk. Plunge into cold water to stop the cooking, then peel
Cook the green beans in salted boiling water for 3–4 minutes, then plunge into iced water to retain crunch and a bright green colour
Place all of the ingredients apart from the eggs into a large bowl and season with plenty of salt, pepper, vinegar and a good glug of top-quality extra virgin olive oil
Taste to check the seasoning and adjust as necessary. Quarter the eggs and arrange in the salad. Serve at room temperature
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