A combination of the warmer weather and way too much indulgence over the chagim has me craving lighter meals. This Japanese inspired salad fits the bill perfectly. The freshest sashimi tuna coated with sesame seeds and chilli flakes quickly seared then sliced, all atop a jumble of greens and julienned vegetables with a ginger, carrot & miso dressing. As always, feel free to chop and change ingredients according to what you have and what you like. You could also use canned tuna for an easy option (but the fresh tuna is really something special). Make sure you use sashimi grade tuna. I always get mine from the sushi station at BlueFin in Malvern Central, and I get it cut into batons. You can also buy toasted sesame seeds from the Royal Nut Company or Oasis. I do not toast the black seeds.
Japanese Sesame Tuna Salad
2 large handfuls of mixed leaves
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
1 lebanese cucumber, cut into batons
1/2 kohlrabi (or daikon radish) peeled and julienned
1 zucchini, julienned
1 avocado, quareted and sliced
a handful of green beans, lightly steamed and cut into thirds
1 bunch coriander, leaves only
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
2 tbspn of mirin
3 tbspn brown rice vinegar
1 tbspn tamari or soy
1 tspn sesame oil
2 tbspn olive oil
1 tspn white miso dissolved in 2 tbspn hot water
2 spring onions
1 tspn maple syrup
2 tspn grated ginger
1 small carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
400g sashimi grade tuna
2 tbspn black sesame seeds
2 tbspn toasted sesame seeds
1/2 tspn chilli flakes
1 big pinch maldon salt
Place all ingredients in a serving bowl.
Place all ingredients in a small food processor or blender and blend to combine.
Mix together the sesame seeds, salt and chilli and scatter over a piece of baking paper. Spray the tuna with oil and roll in the sesame mixture to coat all sides. Heat a non-stick fry pan to high heat and sear the tuna for 30 seconds on each side. Remove from the heat and slice.
Drizzle some dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Top with tuna slices and extra dressing.