This recipe for ahi tuna salad is seared ahi on a bed of mixed greens with cucumber and carrot noodles, bell peppers, avocado and wontons, all tossed in a sesame ginger dressing.
We’ve all been there before – it’s dinner time and the last thing you want to do is cook a big meal. I’m continually creating convenient family dinners to make meal time a stress free experience. Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this ahi tuna salad – you can prep all of the ingredients up to a day in advance and toss everything together when it’s time to eat!
How do you make ahi tuna salad?
This ahi tuna salad features the fish alongside fresh greens, cucumber and carrot “noodles”, avocado, bell peppers and wonton strips. The salad is finished off with a flavorful sesame ginger dressing. I used a spiralizing tool to make my veggie “noodles”; if you don’t have one, you can shave the cucumbers and carrots with a vegetable peeler to create long thin strips or simply slice the vegetables.
Tips for ahi tuna salad
- You can find bags of wonton strips near the croutons in the salad dressing aisle, or in your store’s produce area.
- The dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance.
- This salad is also great with other forms of protein such as grilled chicken, shrimp or marinated tofu.
How do you cook ahi tuna?
In this particular case, I used Bumblee frozen cooked ahi for my salad However, you can also purchase fresh or frozen ahi tuna steaks to use in this recipe. Simply pat your fish dry, then season on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the ahi in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil until browned on the outside, yet pink in the interior. This typically takes about 3-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your tuna steaks.
Can you eat ahi tuna raw?
Ahi tuna is best served when the center is pink and raw. Be sure to purchase sushi grade ahi so that you know for sure that it’s made for eating raw. You can cook your ahi to medium or well done if you prefer, but the fish tends to dry out when overcooked.
When it comes to convenient family dinners, this ahi tuna salad is at the top of my list. The combination of fresh tuna, crunchy veggies and zesty dressing just can’t be beat!
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Ahi Tuna Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
- 1 pound ahi tuna cooked to rare in the middle and thinly sliced
- 6 cups of mixed salad greens
- 1 cup of red or yellow bell pepper , seeded and thinly sliced
- 2 cups cucumber "noodles" made with a spiralizer tool or thinly shaved with a vegetable peeler
- 2 cups carrot "noodles" made with a spiralizer tool or thinly shaved with a vegetable peeler
- 1/2 cup wonton strips
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 avocado , thinly sliced
- For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- For the dressing: Combine all ingredients in a jar or resealable container. Shake vigorously to combine. Store in the refrigerator until ready for use.
- For the salad: Place the greens in a large bowl; drizzle with half of the dressing.
- Arrange the ahi tuna, bell peppers, avocado, cucumber, carrot and wonton strips on top of the lettuce; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Drizzle the remaining dressing over the top and serve immediately.
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