Canned tuna is the quintessential stereotypical food of bodybuilders and fitness people. How many cans of tuna do you suppose you’ve consumed in your life? Canned tuna is great; it’s quick, easy, and high in protein. But fresh tuna is a special treat.
This simple, healthy, elegant Ahi Tuna Bowl combines tuna, avocado, cucumber, and scallion in a fresh sesame-ginger vinaigrette. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, the healthy, cholesterol-lowering kind. Cucumbers are cool, refreshing, cleansing, and high in vitamins. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory that stimulates circulation, nourishes the skin, and cleanses the kidneys. Each of these ingredients adds bold flavor and abundant nutrition to this simple salad.
- 1 ½ pounds big eye tuna
- 1 tsp canola oil
- 2 Tbs white sesame seeds
- 2 Tbs black sesame seeds
- 2 large Haas avocados
- 1 seedless cucumber, peeled
- 1 bunch scallions, chopped on the bias
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped or whole
Ingredients for Dressing
- 1 ½ Tbs sesame oil
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs soy sauce
- 2 Tbs fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- ½ tsp sriracha
- Sprinkle tuna with salt, pepper, and sesame seeds.
- Place canola oil in a large skillet over high heat.
- Add tuna when the oil begins to smoke and cook for about 30 to 45 seconds on each side.
- Cool slightly, then chill until cold.
- Meanwhile whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
- Cut tuna, avocado, and cucumber into bite-sized pieces.
- Toss them together with the scallions, dressing, cilantro, and additional sesame seeds.
- Serve cold.