Full disclosure, when I was asked to make this for the family I cook for, I expected to just make it, serve it but definitely not fall in love with it. I’ve never been a seared ahi tuna type of girl. I’d have the occasional tuna sushi but had never tried a seared ahi tuna salad.
But while I was making this super easy yet gorgeous salad, I tried a piece because it actually looked really good. One bite and I was sold. I wasn’t a raw tuna fan but all that has changed after tasting this beautiful delicious salad.
This was so easy too and what a presentation. I bought the most beautiful ahi tuna steaks at Sprouts for under $7 a pound. I purchased 4 tuna steaks which was about 2 pounds but that will feed 4. One tuna steak per person is all you need for this gorgeous salad which is approximately $3.50 per person for a salad you would pay over $10 for at a restaurant.
I lightly seasoned each steak on both sides with a little salt and pepper, heated up some toasted sesame oil and seared for 1 minute on each side. That’s it, 1 minute!
I sliced up my beautiful tuna into approximately 2 inch pieces and placed them on top a bed of baby greens from Trader Joes.
The dressing was super easy to whip up too. I managed to make this masterpiece in under 30 minutes from start to finish, from unwrapping the packaging to laying it out all pretty on a plate. That’s it!
1 cup shaved carrots - about 4 carrots (I used my vegetable peeler to shave them)
3 green onions (use the green stems diced up small)
1 lemon (sliced to use as a garnish and to squeeze over salad for extra lemon flavor)
CITRUS GINGER DRESSING:
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon raw honey
1½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1½ teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce)
1½ Tablespoon lemon juice
4 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
Make your dressing first so all of the ingredients can get well acquainted while you are searing the tuna.
In a medium bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until honey dissolves and everything is well blended. Set aside.
Start by getting your orange and mango together. Peel and section the orange. You can run a small knife under the clear outer casing of each orange segment and gently peel it off revealing the raw orange segment, set aside.
Peel and slice small chunks of mango, set aside.
Peel and using your vegetable peeler, shave a cup of carrots, set aside.
Peel and slice avocado, set aside.
Place lettuce on your favorite plates and sprinkle with orange segments, mango chunks and shredded carrots.
Place avocado slices along the side of salad as a garnish along with a couple of lemon slices.
If your steaks are large, you can cut it in half. Each piece should be about the size of your hand from wrist to tip of fingers.
Heat sesame oil in a large pan over medium/high heat.
Generously sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of each tuna steak.
Once oil is hot, place tuna steaks in pan and let sear for about a minute on each side. If you prefer your tuna cooked longer, then go right ahead and let your freak flag fly and cook it longer.
Once seared to your preference, cut warm tuna into slices and lay atop of your lettuce.
Give your dressing another whisk and drizzle over each salad.
I needed a quick and easy side to go with lunch today so I opened the fridge and remembered I had just bought a bag of organic broccoli slaw at Trader Joe’s yesterday. As soon as I bought it, I knew tahini was going to be involved.
This slaw literally took me 5 minutes from start to finish. If you have a last minute bbq or party to go to and want to bring something healthy and delicious, this can be your go-to dish. It feeds 10+ people as a side dish. If you make it for the family and have leftovers, they keep really good too.
This slaw is right up my alley. It was already shredded, only has 25 calories per serving, 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber just from the slaw. There is even more protein from the tahini so it makes a great meal on its own. So easy, so tasty, so healthy.
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New to tahini? Here is a brief summary:
About.com describes tahini as a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth nut butter rich in calcium. Look for tahini in a glass jar or a can, and sometimes in a powdered, dehydrated form in health food stores, or in the ethnic foods aisle of your regular grocery store. You can also find fresh tahini in the refrigerator section next to the hummus in larger well-stocked grocery stores.
Tahini has 9 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons. It reminds me of thin peanut butter. This recipe has a tangy peanutty flavor, really really good.