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Lunchbreak: Tuna salad, avocado and clementine vinaigrette

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2300 N. Lincoln Park West
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Simple Tuna Salad, Avocado, Clementine Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
28g tuna loin, sliced into rectangles
avocado slices
clementine vinaigrette
clementine segments
frisee lettuce
fleur de sel
black pepper

Clementine Vinaigrette

Ingredients:
200g clementine juice, reduced to 100g
50g acacia honey
20g white wine vinegar
220g grapeseed oil, cold
salt and white pepper

Directions:
Heat the acacia honey in a steamer until hot, then combine the hot honey with the reduced Clementine juice and white wine vinegar until homogenous. Place this mixture into a bain marie set over ice. Using a stick blender, slowly add the cold grapeseed oil in a continuous stream to create an emulsified vinaigrette. Season the vinaigrette to taste with salt and white pepper, then store in a cooler.

Tomato, Avocado, Caviar

Ingredients:
28g tuna loin, chopped fine
dark soy
avocado sheets
caviar, oscetra
basil puree
viola flowers

Avocado Sheets

Ingredients:
avocado, semi ripe

Directions:
Cut the avocado in quarters, then peel. Run the avocado on a mandolin to attain small slices. Lay the avocado slices in a row, then cut them to 4.25cm width x 11cm, rounding off the edges to fit the shape of the plate. Lay the avocado between two sheets of parchement and cryovac on a medium setting to hold the sheets.

Avocado/Tuna Ball

Directions:
Cut the avocado sheets using a 10cm diameter ring punch, discarding any avocado outside of the ringmold. Once cut, season the 28g of tuna flesh with salt, dark soy, and lemon juice, then form the tuna portion into a sphere using your hand. Once formed, place the tuna flesh into the center of the avocado sheet circle. Using plastic wrap, form the avocado sheet around the tuna portion, tightening the plastic wrap to form a perfect sphere. Gently unwrap the tuna from the plastic wrap, and glaze the tuna ball with a thin layer of good quality olive oil. Season the outside of the tuna ball with fine salt and serve immediately.

Basil Puree

Ingredients:
basil leaves, picked of stems
grapeseed oil

Directions:
Chill the grapeseed oil in a refrigerator until cold. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil. Add the picked basil leaves, taking care not to let the water drop below a boil. Cook the basil leaves for a timed 3 minutes. Once the leaves are cooked, strain them from the boiling water and immediately shock the leaves in ice water. Once shocked and cold, wring out any excess water content from the blanched leaves and transfer the leaves to a blender. Turn the blender on to create a paste from the basil leaves. Once the leaves have begun to be pureed, slowly add in the chilled grapeseed oil in a thin stream while the blender is on to emulsify the oil into the basil puree. Take care not to allow the mixture to over heat, at this will affect the color. The resulting puree should be bright in color and fully homogenous. Pass the basil puree through a tamis and reserve in a cooler until ready to use.

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