Simple Sundays | Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Simple Sundays | Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad | Kitchen Confidante

Our neighborhood was teeming with activity this morning, strange cars pouring through, people on foot strolling the sidewalks. Neighbors chatted from their driveways, a hodgepodge of bric a brac, furniture and household items displayed.

“Mom!” She ran around the house excitedly, her arms filled with a few books and toys. “I’m going to sell!”

It was the neighborhood garage sale, the day of the year I usually hide inside, baking.

My son followed suit. He found a basket from the playroom and filled it with stuffed animals, and I recognized one. “Don’t you think Santa will mind that you’re selling the elf that he left here to watch over you throughout the year?” Apparently not.

I realized at that moment that I am more sentimental than my children. And not suited for sales. My husband wins the parent of the day award for guiding them as they displayed their meager stock of toys, coaching them on how to politely greet and negotiate with their customers. I chimed in here and there, but when they left me in charge for a few minutes, I literally hid in the garage as prospective buyers came by to inspect the toys.

I was much more content to bring out platefuls of lunch and berry smoothies to my little salespeople. “Maybe I should set up a smoothie stand,” I joked.

At the end of the morning, they made $24. A scooter was the big ticket, and some books and one toy were sold, too. But perhaps the biggest earning of all was the first hand lesson in the value of making a sale.

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It’s no surprise that I’m much happier in the kitchen than in negotiating a sale. Today, I wanted to share this Seared Ahi Tuna Salad that has quickly become a new favorite of ours. There’s nothing simpler (or faster) than searing a slab of tuna, and dressing it in soy vinaigrette, spiked with wasabi. If you are at all timid when it comes to eating raw fish, I think this is something I can actually sell to you – it’s easy, flavorful, and the steak-like sear seals the deal.

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad | Kitchen Confidante | With Wasabi-Soy Dressing

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Serves 2-4. | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 4 minutes

This fresh and simple way to enjoy ahi tuna makes a great starter for a party of 4, or a hearty lunch for two.


For the salad:
1 6-8 oz sushi grade ahi tuna
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons five-spice powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Sesame seeds
Your favorite mixed greens (I love mixed baby kale greens)
2 radishes, thinly sliced
1/3 English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced

For the dressing:
1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Heat a cast-iron or non-stick skillet over high heat. Brush the tuna steak with olive oil on both sides. Season with five-spice and chili powders, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and press gently. When the skillet is ready, sear the tuna, about 1-2 minutes per side. Place on a cutting board and thinly slice the tuna at an angle.

Whisk together the wasabi paste, vinegar, soy sauce and olive oil. Season the dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Use some of the dressing to toss into the salad of mixed greens, radish and cucumber.

Place some salad greens on a plate. Top with the sliced tuna and drizzle with additional dressing. Sprinkle with scallions and serve immediately.

Recipe lightly adapted from Seared Ahi Tuna and Salad of Mixed Greens with Wasabi Vinaigrette by Rachel Ray, via Food Network.


  1. Jamie

    Liren, this story is so sweet. Good for your kids for diving into this little entrepreneurial adventure with such gusto and in the right spirit. I, too, am much more sentimental than my sons and husband and have saved plenty of “prized” possessions from being sold, tossed or given away. And I love this tuna! Wow! I love my tuna seared like this – perfectly – and raw on the inside. This is a fabulous dish. I would definitely try this during the summer.

  2. Carolyn

    First, gorgeous salad and I want one for dinner tonight! Second, my son has very sweetly determined that the “reward” he wants for working hard this year at school is to hold a yard sale. Yikes! I am terrible at small talk and I don’t really feel like it, but we have tons we need to get rid of so I said yes. I feel your discomfort!

  3. Patty

    Liren, I saw this salad on Facebook and just had to drop by to tell you I think I’m in love with a seared Ahi tuna salad, please don’t tell my husband….

  4. Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats

    Your seared Ahi-tuna is absolute perfection. I love a good tuna salad, but not sure if I can find any good “fresh” tuna here though. Would definitely love to make this over one of the weekends. ♥ Jo

  5. Priscilla | ShesCookin

    So cute! You gotta love their enthusiasm and kudos to you and your husband for going along with their first garage sale :) Beautiful salad, too! You reminded me how much I love seared ahi salads. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, Liren!

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