Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Asian Grilled Tuna Salad with Creamy Ginger Dressing

We like to do a big entree salad once a week or so in the summer. It's light, cool, and easy to throw together with our steady supply of fresh ingredients from the Colvins! Usually, we do a grilled chicken salad. This week, though, we tried something different: fresh tuna. And it was delicious!

Note for families with young children: if your children aren't enthused by a big salad for dinner, try deconstructing the salad. Put the meat/protein in one section of the plate, the veggies (that they like) in one section, the lettuce in another. Provide a little bowl of dressing for them to dip ingredients into.

Asian Grilled Tuna Salad with Creamy Ginger Dressing
~Weigh Watchers

  • 3 T. soy sauce (can use low-sodium)*
  • 3 T. rice vinegar or rice wine vinegar*
  • 2 T. minced or grated fresh ginger*
  • 2 T. minced garlic*
  • 1 T. brown sugar*
  • 2 t. sesame oil*
  • 1/4 c. reduced fat mayo
  • 2 T. warm water
  • 1 t. sriracha chili sauce
  • 1 pound tuna steak, at least 1-inch thick
  • 4 c. mixed salad greens
  • 2 c. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced (and seeded if necessary)
  • 4 green onions, sliced, or a small amount of chopped red onion
*You can also substitute in a good quality teriyaki sauce for these ingredients since this is essentially what you're making. Make sure it has good ginger flavor. Trader Joe's Soyaki is a possibility.

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the starred (*) ingredients together. Alternately, get your bottle of teriyaki sauce ready. Move 3 tablespoons to a small bowl or cup. With the remaining mixture, marinate tuna for 2 to 4 hours in the fridge. (This is approximately 7-8 tablespoons teriyaki sauce if you're going with the shortcut route.)
  2. Meanwhile, to the 3 tablespoons mixture, add mayo, water, and sriracha. This is your salad dressing. Cover and keep in fridge until ready to use.
  3. Prep veggies.
  4. When tuna is done marinating, grill or broil on high heat until tuna is done to your liking (a couple of minutes/side for seared tuna, longer for more well done.)
  5. Assemble salad!
~Serves 4

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