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Food & Wine Friday: Seared Ahi Tuna And Strawberry Salad

This Week In Food & Wine: Seared Ahi Tuna And Strawberry Salad Recipe

Happy Friday friends! We made it to another weekend. We’re as excited as you because the weekend brings good wine, good food and good friends! Today we’d like to share our homemade take on a delicious Seared Ahi Tuna & Strawberry salad we enjoyed not too long ago. And what really makes this dish awesome is that it’s not only tasty but it’s healthy and filling. For most people salads aren’t sexy; this is not one of those salads. Once you plate then taste it, you’ll be excited to share it with your friends and family.

So you’re probably wondering about the wine right about now. Fear not, we haven’t forgotten! The cool thing about this dish is it pairs well with a variety of grapes, so based on your mood you can select from a wide range of wines. Is it a hot weekend afternoon? Try a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Are you enjoying an evening with friends who prefer a white wine full of character? Try a Chardonnay. If you’ve been craving a delightful red, a vibrant Zinfandel or Pinot Noir will surely satisfy. If you’re in need of a glass at this very moment, scroll to the bottom to find our Grape Certified wine recommendations.

Enough chit chat. Let’s pour ourselves a glass and get to cooking! The following recipe serves 2 and will take about 25 minutes of prep and cook time.



  • 2 – Fresh Ahi Tuna Steaks (1 per salad)
  • 1 – Fresh head of (preferred) Lettuce
  • 1 – Yellow or Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 – Large Cucumber
  • 1 – Pack of Strawberries
  • 1 – Avocado (½ per salad)
  • 1 – 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 – Large Carrot
  • Kosher or Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Walnut Oil


Cooking Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the lettuce.
  2. Chop the bell peppers and tomato.
  3. Thinly slice the cucumber, avocados, and strawberries and grate the carrot.
  4. In a large bowl toss the lettuce, bell peppers, tomato, cucumber and carrot with walnut oil (as a dressing), then set aside.
  5. Preheat a grill pan on high.
  6. Rub olive oil on each side of each piece of tuna and lightly season with salt & pepper.
  7. Sear each piece of Ahi Tuna for 2 minutes on each side. Flip each piece once only.
  8. After cool enough to touch, cut each tuna steak into 4 or 5 thin slices.
  9. Plate your salad(s) fixings from the bowl.
  10. Fan (or star) the tuna and avocado slices on top of the salad.
  11. Add strawberries and season (for taste) with salt and fresh ground pepper.


Note: While the original recipe calls for raspberries, you can sub-in your favorite fruit, including sliced peaches, nectarines, mangoes, and blackberries. Let your taste buds wander and experiment.

Note: If you prefer a salad dressing other than Walnut oil, substitute your favorite dressing in step #4 when you toss the lettuce and salad fixings.


Our Grape Certified Wine Recommendations:

Cuvaison [Estate Grown] Chardonnay 2012 ($29.99)

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Store:, Ralph’s


Balletto Estate Pinot Noir 2012 ($21.99)

Wine Region: Russian River Valley, CA

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


Cloud Break Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ($7.99)

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold

Store: Total Wine


Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2011 ($13.99)

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Silver



It’s finally time to eat, so if you haven’t already, pour you and your guest(s) a glass of wine and dig in! We at THE GRAPE thank you for reading this post and we look forward to hearing how you and your friends enjoyed the wine(s) you paired with this Ahi Tuna & Strawberry salad.

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