Rare Tuna Salad with Avocado and Daikon Sprouts


Grills and Greens

Published by Clarkson Potter

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This tuna must be served rare. Cooking it cold allows more control over doneness.


Cooking Methodgrilling


Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, low carb, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Textureherby, hot & spicy, sharp, tart, umami

Type of Dishfirst course salad, main course salad, salad


  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 daikon (Japanese radish)
  • 12 ounces cold tuna steak, cut into 12 thin slices
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi (Japanese horseradish)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, peeled
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 12 ounces mixed baby greens (such as arugula and baby red oak leaf)
  • 8 edible flowers, such as pansies or nasturtiums
  • Daikon sprouts


  1. With a potato peeler, peel the carrot and daikon, then peel 20 thin carrot strips and 20 thin daikon strips. Place the strips in ice water and refrigerate.

  2. Arrange the tuna slices in a shallow, nonreactive pan or in a Ziploc bag. In a measuring cup, mix together the olive oil, lime juice, mustard, wasabi, and salt and pepper. Pour half of the mixture over the fish and reserve the rest. Cover the fish and refrigerate no more than 30 minutes or the marinade will begin to cook the fish like seviche.

  3. Remove the tuna and vegetables from the refrigerator. Place the tuna on an oiled grill and quickly grill over very hot coals, no more than 2 to 3 minutes, turning once, just until rare.

  4. Drain the carrot and daikon strips and pat dry with paper towels. Peel 20 thin strips of cucumber. Peel the avocado and cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half into 8 slices.

  5. Place a large handful of greens in the center of 4 individual plates. Cover with 3 slices of tuna. Arrange piles of carrot, daikon, and cucumber strips around the greens. Fan out 4 avocado slices on each plate and decorate with edible flowers and daikon sprouts. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the remaining marinade over the fish and greens. Sprinkle, with a twist of black pepper.

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