Pepper-Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, Mon Ami Gabi

This classic salad from Nice, France, has all the ingredients to make it a full meal. The black peppercorn-crusted Ahi tuna is seared rare and placed around watercress and butter lettuce, shaved celery, egg, potato, Niçoise olives and cherry tomatoes in a white balsamic and herb dressing. $18, in Paris Las Vegas, 944-4224.

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