Ahi Tuna Salad is so easy to pull together and has amazing flavors, from the fresh salad to the slightly seared tuna. The Asian dressing is sublime with sesame oil, umami paste, ginger, garlic, and more. In Hawaii, the word “ahi” refers to two species of tuna, the yellowfin tuna and the bigeye.
Today we are joining together to help raise awareness for Heart Disease. Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic lost her Mom to heart disease when her mother was 47 and Kim was 15. Each year, on the day her Mom passed, she shares stories and photos of her Mom.
This year she joined forces with Jen of Juanita’s Cocina, whose life was also touched by heart disease when her Stepfather had a heart attack. Jen’s Stepfather is alive and well more than a decade later, and for that, Jen is thankful every day.
I lost my dad to heart disease many years ago, so this is also personal for me. Dad loved good food, and I cooked for him often, even from a young age. He would have loved this one, as he had a great appreciation for Japan. This is for you, Dad; I miss you!!!
Sesame and Grape Seed oils are very heart-healthy. We love to eat a lot of different foods in this house. We do have well-rounded meals with lots of fruits and fresh vegetables always included.
The little crunchy noodles are not the healthiest, but you only have to have a small amount of them to have a big impact. Everything is in moderation. One small Ahi tuna steak feeds three people, so it doesn’t have to be really expensive either. All of these wonderful ingredients make up this heart-healthy meal that you can have done in no time. 30 minutes and it’s ready, and the dressing is delicious!!
What Goes Into Ahi Tuna Salad
Let’s see what goes into the Ahi Tuna Salad recipe. There are 2 parts: Dressing and Salad.
High-quality olive oil plus 1 tbsp. for cooking
Rice vinegar or rice wine vinegar
Low sodium soy sauce
Red onion, thinly sliced
Snap peas, cut in half
Ahi tuna steak
Black sesame seeds
Salt and pepper
Chow Mein noodles
How to Make Ahi Tuna Salad
- In a blender, add all the salad dressing ingredients and whirl until smooth. Set it aside.
- Assemble salad using the romaine, red bell pepper, mushrooms, bean sprouts, cucumbers, red onion, and snap peas. Divide everything equally into four salad bowls.
- Slice the tuna steak into 1 1/2″ wide slices. Mix sesame seeds together with salt and pepper. Roll the tuna steak in the sesame seeds.
- Heat olive oil in a cast-iron pan and sear ahi tuna for 1 minute per side or until desired cooking is achieved. Tuna should be on the rare side.
- Slice into small pieces and add the tuna steak to the salad.
- Drizzle with the sesame ginger dressing and garnish with chow mein noodles.
Can I Eat Ahi Tuna Raw?
Ahi tuna can be consumed raw but on a moderate level. Eating ahi tuna raw can be risky as it contains parasites that cause diseases. But these parasites pose zero risks once ahi tuna is cooked or frozen. So it’s better to avoid it in raw form until you understand all the risks.
That being said, high-quality tuna, namely sushi or sashimi, is popular for eating raw. Purchase sushi-grade tuna, and you won’t have any issue eating tuna raw or medium-rare. Yes, you can cook it to medium-rare; it is quite common for homemade tuna.
Can You Cook Ahi Tuna All The Way Through?
You may, but it may lead to a difference in taste. The flavor and texture may get lost. Overcooking is not recommended. Instead, cook quickly over high heat. Leave fully cooked tuna for other uses like Open-Faced Tuna Sandwiches or Best Tuna Melt Casserole.
Enjoy all these wonderful dishes and rest assured they are on the healthier side.
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- 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/4 cup good quality olive oil plus 1 Tbsp. for cooking
- 1 tsp. powdered ginger
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Umami paste
- 1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp. powdered wasabi
- 1 large head of romaine lettuce, washed and torn
- 1 red pepper, sliced
- 6 large mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 English cucumber, cut into large matchsticks
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1/4 red onion, sliced
- 12 snap peas, cut in half
- 1 large ahi tuna steak
- black sesame seeds
- sesame seeds
- Salt and pepper
- Chow Mein Noodles
- In a blender, add all the dressing ingredients and whirl until smooth. Set aside.
- Assemble salad using the romaine, red pepper, mushrooms, bean sprouts, cucumbers, red onion, and snap peas into four bowls.
- Cut ahi tuna steak into 1 1/2" wide slices. Mix sesame seeds together with salt and pepper. Roll the tuna in sesame seeds.
- Heat olive oil in a cast-iron pan and cook tuna for 1 min. per side or until desired doneness. Tuna should be on the rare side.
- Slice into small pieces and arrange on salad.
- Drizzle with dressing and garnish with chow mein noodles.
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