Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna ‘Sushi’ Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette

A sushi-themed salad with sesame crusts of smoked tuna and a wasabi vinaigrette.
Today I have a new recipe for you, a sushi-themed salad with sesame and smoked tuna. This salad is inspired by the flavors of sushi and my favorite fish for sushi is tuna, so it’s the center of this salad. I’d love to have sushi quality raw tuna for this salad, but if you make it for someone who doesn’t dare to eat raw fish, it’s just as well seared! I make the salad with other common sushi ingredients such as avocado, edamame, cucumber, and carrots, but also with lettuce. If you want to include the rice in the sushi, you can add some quinoa, but I like the lighter version of the salad without. For the dressing, I chose a wasabi vinaigrette with soy sauce, which is usually served with sushi. This smoked tuna sushi salad is really reminiscent of eating sushi and is a way to make an incredibly tasty light meal.

Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi Tuna ‘Sushi’ Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4

Sushi themed salad with seared sesame-crusted ahi tuna and a wasabi vinaigrette.


  • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound ahi tuna
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 6 cups salad greens
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (optional)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pickled ginger
  1. Mix everything well.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, press the sesame seeds into the tuna on all sides, place the tuna in the pan, and sear for about 1-2 minutes per side or to the desired level of doneness before setting aside for a few minutes and slicing.
  3. Arrange or toss everything and enjoy!

Option: Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise to the wasabi vinaigrette to make it nice and creamy.
Option: Replace the wasabi vinaigrette with sriracha mayo (or wasabi mayo) and teriyaki sauce.
Option: Serve with crispy fried wonton wrapper strips for crunch.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 486, Fat 26g (Saturated 4.3g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 44mg, Sodium 307mg, Carbs 29g (Fiber 9g, Sugars 3.4g), Protein 37g

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