Thursday, April 23, 2009

Grilled Ahi Tuna Spring Salad

Happy Spring, friends! The long winter was hard on the waistline and my husband and I have started walking regularly and watching what we eat during the week. Tonight, I wanted a healthy salad with some good protein and the Ahi tuna at the grocery store looked wonderful.

My all-time favorite salad dressing is balsamic and mustard-based with dried dill. The recipe was shared by one of our gourmet group friends years ago and it has become my favorite salad dressing. I thought the Ahi tuna would taste wonderful rubbed with the same mustard and dill and then seared on the grill. My husband and I both agreed it was very tasty! A glass of Chardonnay on the side was the 'indulgence' :)

For the grilled ahi tuna, you can either use the outdoor grill with a grill pan or sear the tuna steaks over a high heat in a saute pan indoors.

Lightly salt and pepper each side of the tuna steak.

For a 1" thick tuna steak, sear for about 2 to 2-1/2 minutes per side in a heated pan or preheated grill.

Slice and serve over greens with toasted pine nuts and this dressing...

Here is my all-time favorite salad dressing:

Susie's Balsamic-Mustard-Dill Salad Dressing
Printable Recipe

• 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
• 1-2 tablespoons horseradish mustard or stone ground mustard
• 1/2-1 teaspoons salt
• freshly ground pepper to taste
• 1/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
• 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese (optional)
• 1 lb of grilled chicken, scallops or tuna (optional)

Mix together first 5 ingredients and then while whisking, slowing add the olive oil until incorporated.

This recipe is wonderful on its own with romaine lettuce and gorgonzola cheese. Add grilled chicken breast, scallops or tuna steak and you have a wonderful and healthy meal!


  1. I've not done tuna as a salad (except for nicoise) but have done the same thing with salmon. I'll have to try the tuna next time we get some. Looks really good!

  2. Now that is a salad I would absolutely love...I will have to try your dressing, I get tired of the same old ones all the time!
    Great post!

  3. Here we go again thinking tuna and pine nuts together! Looks good Susan!

  4. That looks good! I will substitute grilled salmon or tilapia. Oh, I can't wait, thank you!

  5. Susan, great sound salad dressing. I love dill so I'm positive that I would like this. The salad looks delicious.

    Definitely glad spring is here; time to eat lighter and get outside more.

  6. Susan, that looks and sounds delicious. Well, I would have to do it with chicken for DH. ;-)

  7. Happy Foodie Friday to you, Susan!

    This is my first Foodie Friday and thank you for sharing your recipe for Ahi Tuna Salad, very much a Spring Fling thing!

    The Raggedy Girl--Roberta Anne

  8. What a beautiful salad. Your salad dressing is a standout.

  9. Good looking dressing recipe. Time for my hubby and me to get back in to salads, and this is a good place to start! Nancy

  10. Now that incredible salad I can have on my diet... except for the nuts! Beautiful photos! Thanks!

    ~Really Rainey~

  11. If you say this is your All TIME favorite salad dressing then I have to try this one. I will forget the cheese this month as I am dieting (see my post) or at least trying to diet:)

  12. Thank you so much for the comments! I hope you all give the dressing a try - I do love it! This was the first time trying it with seared tuna and we really enjoyed it. The dressing makes a wonderful side salad also but I like the nuts and cheese ;)

  13. I love anything that has fish!!! We lived in California for along time and that craving has never subsided. I also love balsamic vinegar yummy and flavorful!!! I am going to give yours a try..sounds so tangy and fresh!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  14. I'm sure it looked great at the store but looks absolutely awesome on your plate! We just beginning to like tuna around here! Will give yours a try!

    Good for you, getting healthy! I hope the weather is cooperating :)

  15. Susan, I can't wait to give this dressing a try. I could eat salad every night of the week, and our weekly veggie boxes will start arriving in a month. I was admiring the Ahi tuna last night in the market. I'll add that to my list soon.

  16. What a wonderful looking meal and the dressing does sound good. Your photos should really be in a cookbook.

  17. That looks delicious, Susan..shrimp or chicken and I am in!

  18. Another great looking and sounding salad! That dressing is unique and sounds really good. I started to buy some tuna this past week when I went to the butcher shop, but chickened out. Your salad makes me wish I had been brave!

  19. This is a nice looking salad! I like hte idea of a tuna steak salad.


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