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Sushi is my kryptonite. In a former life, I must have been Japanese because I cannot get enough of this cuisine.
Even when I’ve been through both of my pregnancies, I had to sneak sushi every now and again. (SHHH! Don’t tell) I just can’t stay away from the stuff for 40 whole weeks – inconceivable!
But, alas, I can’t always spend a chunk of change at my favorite sushi place. So, I have to find ways to satisfy my cravings at home.
>Seared Tuna Salad with Wasabi-Orange Vinaigrette (THM S)
Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food
- For the Salad:
- 1-lb sushi grade ahi tuna
- 2 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce
- 1/2 in piece of ginger, grated
- 2 large cloves garlic, grated
- 4-7 large leaves romaine lettuce, torn
- 1/2 hothouse cucumbers, julienned
- 1 small carrot, peeled and julienned
- 2 radishes, thinly sliced
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 avocado, thinly sliced For the Vinaigrette:
- 2 heaping tsp no-sugar orange marmalade, such as Polaner’s All Fruit
- 1.5 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1-2 pea-sized dots of wasabi paste (the kind you get on a sushi plate – the green stuff. You can ask the sushi chefs at your grocery store for a small container of it.)
- 2-3 Tbsp EVOO
- salt and pepper
- In a shallow dish, combine the soy sauce, garlic, and ginger with the tuna and marinate it on the counter for 7-10 minutes.
- While that’s happening, chop all the ingredients for the salad and add them to 2 medium bowls.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tuna and sear 1-2 minutes on each side (top, bottom, and sides also). Remove it from the pan, slice into 1/2 in slices and cube into large chunks. Add it to the salads.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing and divide it evenly over each salad. Toss to combine.
There is seriously nothing more gorgeous than a hunk of seared tuna. It’s fatty and delicious without being heavy or weighing you down.
Sprouts has had a great price on ahi tuna this summer! You can get a 1-lb filet for between $5.99 and $7.99.