Grilled Tuna Salad with Wasabi Dressing

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 35m

Serves 4

This spicy Japanese-style salad gets its kick from wasabi. In place of the pungent wasabi, you could use an equal amount of powdered dry mustard.


  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds fresh tuna steak
  • 4 teaspoons wasabi powder
  • 4 teaspoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 7 ounces alfalfa sprouts (4 cups)
  • 7 ounces trimmed enoki mushrooms (2 cups)
  • 1/2 pound young spinach, stemmed
  • 2 tablespoons slivered Japanese pickled ginger


In a shallow glass dish, combine 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of the oil. Add the tuna and coat well. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, turning the fish twice.

Light a grill or preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, mix the wasabi powder with the hot water to form a paste. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes.

In another bowl, stir the warm water into the tahini. Stir in the wasabi paste, vinegar, mustard, sugar, garlic and the remaining 2 teaspoons soy sauce and 4 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Season the tuna with salt and pepper; grill or broil until crusty on the outside and rare within, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a plate to rest for a few minutes, then slice it against the grain 1/3 inch thick.

In a large bowl, toss the alfalfa sprouts with the enoki mushrooms and all but 2 tablespoons of the dressing; loosen the sprouts to evenly distribute the dressing. Scatter the spinach leaves on 4 large plates and arrange the tuna on top. Drizzle on the remaining 2 tablespoons dressing. Mound the sprout salad on the tuna, scatter the pickled ginger on top and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 2009

nutrition information per serving

302 calories; 12g total fat; 67mg cholesterol; 677mg sodium; 12g carbohydrates; 6g fiber; 38g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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