The tuna and the sauce are the stars in this simple salad!
I rarely know when I’m going to serve fresh Ahi Tuna because good Ahi is a fish I usually happen upon at Costco or someplace else surprising. The only time I know for certain is when I go to Central Fish but it’s located about 25 minutes from my home so not a market I frequent often.
Recently I did come across some fresh Ahi which Costco had just received. Even though the packages of Ahi were sealed I asked the clerk to open it so I could smell it. Once it passed my scent and color test I knew I was meant to purchase it.
Then came decision time…what will I do with it tonight? Recently I posted about my favorite Ahi Burger in the world that I converted to an Ahi Sandwich at home. I used the leftovers the next day for a really tasty salad.
I decided to repeat that tasty salad with a delicious sauce that was originally used in the Ahi Sandwich. The only change I made to the sauce was to include some Sriracha Chili Sauce for a bit more heat. This simple night meal takes only a few minutes to make – perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
- If you or your family have never had sashimi (raw fish), Ahi Salad is a great introduction to it because it feels and looks more like a rare cooked steak than raw fish.
- If you decide to serve fresh Ahi in a salad make sure to cut across the grain (perpendicular (a 90° angle)) to the lines that run through the steak).
Ahi Tuna Salad
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
- 1/3 cup drained pickled ginger from jar*
- 1 tablespoon plus ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons wasabi paste (green Japanese horseradish paste)*
- ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil*
- 2 tablespoons Sriracha Chili Sauce*
- 2 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 ¼ cups shredded carrots
- 4 6 ounce 1 inch ahi tuna steaks
Blend Mayonnaise, 2 tb lime juice, ginger, 1 tb soy sauce, wasabi paste, Sriracha and sesame oil in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Mix cabbage and carrots in a medium bowl. Add 4 tablespoons lime juice; toss. Place on four plates.
Place sliced raw tuna on the cabbage mound. Pour sauce over tuna.
*Available in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets.