Ahi tuna with chopped salad

Yesterday, Saturday, we had  dinner at home. The Xmas tree decorated, the lights on, the fire strong in the fireplace and the first snow falling outside. Great evening to stay in. I cooked Ahi tuna fillet with a chopped salad.  I marinade Ahi tuna with ginger and soy sauce. It’s amazing!  The first time I cooked it, my kids thought it was meat.  The original inspiration comes from this recipe but as you can see from the photos, I cook it and serve it a little differently. For the chopped salad I got inspiration from the one on the menu of  the Corner Bakery Cafe. The recipe is for four Ahi tuna fillets but you can cut it in half.



  • 4 Ahi Tuna fillets
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 hearts of lettuce, finely chopped
  • 2 big tomatoes, chopped in small cubes
  • 2 avocados, cut in small pieces
  • 2 slices bacon (cooked, crumbled)
  • 1-2 green onion, chopped
  • vinaigrette

How to make: Put the tuna fillets in a glass container and pour over the marinade mix –soy sauce, sesame oil, green onion, ginger, garlic, lime. Leave in the fridge covered  for at least an hour. In a big, deep pan, put a little oil and when the oil is heated add the fish. We like the fish well done so I leave it on for approximately 5-7 minutes each side.  For the chopped salad, I combined the lettuce with the tomatoes, avocado, green onions, and bacon bits. For the vinaigrette, I blended 1 cup of olive oil with 1/3 cup vinegar, salt and pepper and used approximately half of it (the rest in the fridge for tomorrow).  Make sure the bacon is good quality.  I had pre-cooked bacon in the fridge from Trader Joe’s and used that.

Notes and tips: On to reality check! No, I  ididn’t have sesame oil. Instead, I mixed the soy sauce with 2 tablespoons sesame seeds. For garlic, I defrosted two cubes of pulp garlic and instead of green onions I finely chopped dry onions.  If you don’t have a good fish market in your area, get frozen Ahi Tuna Fillets from Trader Joe’s. I also keep dry ground ginger in my cabinet in case I don’t have fresh ginger. The tuna can be served with rice if you prefer. The chopped salad at the Corner Bakery Cafe has chicken and blue cheese, too, but I didn’t have any. It was still very good, especially as a side dish.

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