Antipasti with Tonnato Sauce


Tonnato is a creamy sauce that is traditionally used with Vitello tonnato, a Northern Italian dish, that consists of chilled, sliced veal and a tuna sauce spooned on top. The veal is then garnished with capers, parsley and lemon slices. The dish is served cold or at room temperature and is popular as a summertime antipasti (starter) or primi piatti (first course).

I have chosen to use some leftover poached chicken, roasted broccolini and hard boiled eggs I had in the frig to create a quick, healthy, delicious plate. A few vine-ripened tomatoes and a handful of Sicilian Castelvetrano olives rounded out the dish. Serve with tonnato sauce and a glass of grownup limonata.



This easy to prepare sauce (I use store-bought mayonnaise rather than the traditional homemade) is also terrific tossed with an egg pasta, such as papparadelle.



  • 1/4 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 can (5-oz) tuna, packed in water, drained
  • 5 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 anchovies, packed in oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  1. Using a blender, combine the olive oil, tuna. lemon juice, anchovies, capers and mayonnaise. Blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
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