Ahi Tuna Salad
Ahi tuna is velvety smooth in texture, melt in your mouth with a soft, delicate, and a mild, somewhat meaty flavor served on top of delicious salad lightly seasoned with vinaigrette. Perfect meal!
Valentine's day is coming... If you are in "LOVE" ahem)))) relationship are you doing anything special or you rather go out with your girlfriends? I like staying in and enjoying dinner that we prepare together. Isn't that more romantic? He cleans the table and I wash dishes. I scratch his back if he scratch mine... I mean, after being together for 18 years who cares about Valentine's day anymore as long as he remembers to bring me tiramisu. Jokes on the side, my hubs is a sweet, sweet man, but not really a romantic type. Don't get me wrong, he is thoughtful and knows how to spoil me. We are like fire and water, we balance each other. Aquariuses... by the way, my birthday is in two days. My wish is to sleep longer, have a coffee in bed, and stay in my PJ all day... That's not bad, right?!
Oh, and speaking of Valentine's day, if you're planning to surprise somebody with a meal, I think you should definitely go with something like this because it's just amazing, healthy, easy and delicious!
On the other hand, let's get back to the recipe... since the new year started, I really try to eat healthy and stay on track. Like 85% of the food that I eat are really good for body and mind and the rest is my love for sweets and pastry... I just can't help it. I call that a balance!
This salad was delightful. With spectacular flavors that linger around your taste buds and the crunch from the veggies lightly seasoned with the vinaigrette is all you want in one meal. Oh, and that mandarine is just perfect with tuna and salad. That burst of sweetness is spectacular. Yes, I call this a meal because you really get full eating it.
AHI TUNA SALAD
- Drizzle of Olive oil
- 1 Ahi Tuna Steak, 6 ounces
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 cup organic baby spinach
- 1 cup Eat Smart Salad --- contains: carrots, red cabbage, kale, beet greens, broccoli stalks
- 1 Mandarine, peeled and separated into sections.
- 1 tbsp Toasted and sliced Almonds
- 1/2 cup olive oil (EVOO)
- 1/4 cup Lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 minced or grated garlic clove,
- 1/2 teaspoon grainy mustard,
- 1 teaspoon minced herbs,
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon honey
- Sprinkle of Sumac
- Fresh Dill
- Lemon slices
- Coat your steak with a combination of salt, ground black pepper, and dried parsley.
- Heat a grill pan or griddle over high heat. Spray grill surface or add a drizzle of olive oil in the pan. Add tuna steak to the hot cooking surface and sear tuna 1 minute on each side.
- Remove tuna from heat and place on a cutting board.
- Mix together a salad. You can use whatever you have on hand. I used a mixture of organic baby spinach with Eat Smart Salad (contains: carrots, red cabbage, kale, beet greens, broccoli stalks) and added mandarine. I used my own toasted and sliced almonds as well as vinaigrette.
- Whisk together ingredients for the vinaigrette and set aside. You do not have to use it all, just store in the air tight jar.
- Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
- Slice tuna on an angle and arrange on the salad. Sprinkle on top any herb, in this case, I had sumac, so I used it. Sumac gives a wonderful taste, lemon slices, and lastly fresh dill.
If Ahi tuna is frozen, make sure to defrost it. You can leave in the fridge for 24hrs or submerge in the cold water for about 20 minutes. When defrosted pat dry with paper towel after removing it from the sealed plastic bag.
Double or triple the recipe if you are serving more people. Ahi tuna serving size is 6 ounces.
About Ahi Tuna:
Ahi tuna is often used in raw fish dishes in Asian cuisines. While it serves as a great source of several nutrients you need for good health, packed with vitamin B, D, the protein content accounts for 50 percent of the daily value of protein, it's also slightly higher in mercury than other types of tuna. The Hawaii State Department of Health recommends limiting your servings to twice per month. Ahi is perfect if you're trying to follow a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet.