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Best Grilled Tuna Salad With Wasabi Dressing Recipe

Best Grilled Tuna Salad With Wasabi Dressing Recipe

Grilled Tuna Salad With Wasabi Dressing


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (+ 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (+ 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/4 lb fresh tuna steak
  • 4 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 2 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 salt & pepper to taste
  • 7 oz alfalfa sprouts (2 cups)
  • 7 oz trimmed enoki mushrooms
  • 1/2 lb young spinach, stemmed
  • 2 tablespoon slivered pickled ginger


1. Available at Asian Markets, well-stocked grocery stores and some health food markets.

(Note: In place of wasabi, you could use an equal amount of powdered dry mustard)

2. In a shallow glass dish, combine 1 T of the soy sauce and 1 t of the oil. Add the tuna and coat well. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, turning fish twice.

3. Light grill or preheat broiler. In small bowl, mix wasabi powder with 4 t of hot water. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes.

4. In another bowl, stir 2 T of warm water into the tahini. Stir in the wasabi paste, vinegar, mustard, sugar, garlic and the remaining 2 t soy sauce and 4 t oil. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Season the tuna with salt and pepper; grill or broil until crusty on the outside and rare within, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a plate to rest for a few minutes, then slice it against the grain 1/3 inch thick.

6. In large bowl, toss the alfalfa sprouts with the enoki mushrooms and all but 2 T of the dressing. Scatter spinach leaves on 4 large plates and arrange tuna on top. Drizzle on the remaining 2 T dressing. Mound the sprout salad on the tuna, scatter the pickled ginger on top and serve.

Reprinted from Food and Wine Magazine, July 1996.

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