Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad (or Not Salad)

Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad is a tasty dish that’s been on our menu… for ages.  It started out as an entrée that was special enough for company dinners–and quick enough for a weeknight treat. 

Grilled ahi tuna salad is delicious, flavored with olive oil, ginger and soy sauce. Perfect for a company dinner or even a weeknight treat.

Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad

Yes, back in my “corporate mom” days — on a very good night — my after school nanny might even have it waiting when I walked in the door. Who says you can’t have it all?  (At least once in awhile.) 

But after a while, my source of tuna disappeared. Then I became a stay at home Mom. And the recipe disappeared off our menu.

Prepare Marinade

Prepare Marinade

But recently, our local market started having sashimi grade tuna on sale.  Who could resist a revival!  

Grilled ahi tuna salad is delicious, flavored with olive oil, ginger and soy sauce. Perfect for a company dinner or even a weeknight treat.

Grill

The tuna was always super easy–whip up a quick marinade, chill for an hour, then grill two minutes per side.  This time around, however, I had a flash of inspiration. Why not use the marinade as the base for a salad dressing. Then I’d have a complete meal with just the addition of a roll or fresh bread.  

Grilled ahi tuna salad is delicious, flavored with olive oil, ginger and soy sauce. Perfect for a company dinner or even a weeknight treat.

Two minutes/side for rare

Gotta love efficiency!    

Grilled ahi tuna salad is delicious, flavored with olive oil, ginger and soy sauce. Perfect for a company dinner or even a weeknight treat.

Slice

If there is any downside to this dish, it is the hour wait during the marinade.  I swore off marinades on shish kabob, but here you really need it.  

Grilled ahi tuna salad is delicious, flavored with olive oil, ginger and soy sauce. Perfect for a company dinner or even a weeknight treat.

Grilled ahi tuna salad served

But given the short cook time of 4 minutes, the total time is still about an hour (with free time in between).  And Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad is totally worth the wait!    

Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
308 calories
8 g
53 g
15 g
36 g
2 g
310 g
525 g
2 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
310g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308
Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 53mg
18%
Sodium 525mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 4g
14%
Sugars 2g
Protein 36g
Vitamin A
275%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
7%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Other Ingredients
  1. • 1 lb sashimi grade ahi tuna steaks (four 4-6 ounce steaks)
  2. • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  3. • Small head of romaine or other good lettuce, washed and torn into bite size pieces
  4. • 2 Tablespoons chopped scallions
  5. • Sliced radishes, sesame seeds or any other garnish (optional)
Marinade
  1. • 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  3. • 2 Tablespoons chopped garlic scapes (or more scallions)
  4. • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  5. • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Combine marinade ingredients in bowl and mix well. Remove 2 Tablespoons and reserve for the salad dressing
  2. Put ahi in shallow dish and pour marinade over ahi steaks. Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours, turning steaks over once.
  3. Preheat grill or grill pan. Grill ahi steaks over medium-high heat, 2 minutes on each side for rare.
  4. While steaks are grilling, mix rice wine vinegar with reserved (unused) marinade to make the salad dressing. Divide lettuce between four plates and top with chopped scallions. Drizzle with salad dressing.
  5. When steaks have reached your desired doneness, remove and slice on a diagonal. Layer alongside salad and garnish with sesame seeds if desired.
Notes
  1. Tip: My market puts the tuna steaks out in the seafood case, but they also have them individually sealed and frozen in the back. I ask for the frozen steaks so I can have them whenever I want them.
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calories
308
fat
15g
protein
36g
carbs
8g
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