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Veal with Tuna sauce

  • 14/06/2006
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 8 – 10
  • 60 min

Veal with tuna sauce is a traditional Italian recipe called vitello tonnato and it is a classic light summer dish. It is prepared in advance and chilled in refrigerator.

Ingredients 8 – 10 

  • 800g-1 kg veal round
  • 1 onion, cleaned
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 celery stalk with leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Vegeta Beef Stock Powder
  • Sauce:
  • 200 g canned tuna (in olive oil)
  • 2-3 anchovy fillets
  • 200 g mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • lemon juicec from 1 lemon
  • 100 ml water, in which veal was cooked
  • Decoration:
  • boiled eggs
  • pickled gherkins
  • black and green olives
  • capers


  1. 1.
    Place the meat in warm water and cook.
  2. 2.
    Spike the onion with cloves and together with bay leaf, celery and Vegeta Beef Stock Powder, add to the meat and cook for about 45 minutes.
  3. 3.
    Remove from heat and leave the meat in the water until it cools down.
  4. 4.
    Once cooled remove the meat from the water and place in refrigerator overnight. Keep about a cup of water for later use.
  5. 5.
    Sauce: Drain the tuna and mix using electric mixer together with anchovies and capers.
  6. 6.
    Add lemon juice and mayonnaise, small amount of water (about 100ml) in which the veal was cooked, stir and let cool down in refrigerator.


Cut the cooled meat into thin slices, arrange on a platter and cover with tuna sauce. This meal can be garnished with olives, capers, parsley, boiled eggs and similar.


In preparation of this recipe, turkey meat can also be used as an alternative. It is ideal as a cold meal but it can also be served as an entrée or main meal.

Little secret

Onion spiked with cloves will release a special aroma and when the meal is ready it makes easier removal of the cloves from the soup.

Energy and nutritional values

Energy and nutritional values are calculated per one serving (i.e. for 1 person). For a dessert, energy and nutritional values have been calculated per 100 g.

Nutrient Unit of measure Amount F rda (%) M rda (%)
Energy values kcal / kJ 378 / 1.580 - -
Fat g 23,91 - -
Carbohydrates g 2,62 - -
Dietary fibre g 0,30 - -
Protein g 36,67 - -
Sodium g 0,50 0 0
Vitamin A μg 218,06 5 4
Vitamin D μg 64,64 32 32
Vitamin E mg 9,08 41 41
Niacin mg 17,33 124 87
Potassium mg 406,88 11 11
Phosphorous mg 290,66 36 36
Magnesium mg 32,68 11 8

* RDA is based on daily allowances for women of 2000 kcal, and for men of 2900 kcal at the age of 25 to 50. (Source: DRI reports - Macronutrients, Elements, Vitamins, www.nap.edu; Genesis R&D and Podravka d.d.)