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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Avocado and Mango

Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad Recipe – These refreshingly delicious salads are loaded with seared Ahi tuna steaks, mango, avocado, crispy wonton strips, and scallions. Plus, a drizzle of lime aioli adds even more bright flavor to every bite!

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Sesame Crusted and Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Want to take a savory recipe’s tastiness to the next level? Chances are good that adding crispy wontons will do the trick! In soups, on noodles or salads… Crunchy fried pieces of slightly salty, super-flavorful wontons seem to make just about everything better.

We have a pretty epic Ahi Tuna Wonton Nachos Recipe on the site. They can be made with seared Ahi (like what we use in this dish) or with fully raw Poke. However, if you are trying to up your veggie intake and lessen your fried food intake, this Seared Ahi Tuna Salad recipe offers a similar flavor profile, but with way fewer calories and fat.

It features lightly seared ahi tuna steaks crusted with sesame seeds, fresh mango, avocado, scallions, and a sprinkling of wonton strips, all kissed with rich tangy lime aioli. Every bite is packed with mind-blowing delicious flavor and the perfect crunchiness that keeps you going back in for another forkful.

These salads are light and refreshing, but also nutritious and satisfying. And they only take about 25 minutes to put together! So keep this recipe on your menu plan for a night when you want a fun and scrumptious dish that feels a bit fancy – but is easy and quick to prepare in a flash.

top view three salad bowls with tuna salad, mango, avocado and crispy wonton strips

Ingredients You Need

  • Ahi tuna steaks1 inch thick
  • Sesame seedsfor a light nutty flavor that pairs well with tuna and has a terrific texture
  • Romaine lettucechopped
  • Mangopeeled and diced (check out our fabulous tips for How to Cut a Mango)
  • Avocadopeeled and diced (check out our great tips for How to Cut Avocados)
  • Wonton stripsfor that delightful crunch you crave
  • Scallionschopped
  • Mayonnaiseclassic or light
  • Limezested and juiced
  • Honeyor agave
  • Sesame oilmost preferred for its rich nutty flaovr, but can be subbed with avocado or olive oil in a pinch
  • Spicesgarlic powder, salt and pepper
tuna steaks in sesame seeds in a pan, with bag of crispy strips, fresh avocado, and bunch of scallions in the background

How to Make Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad with Mango and Avocado

First, chop and prep all the fresh produce. Season the tuna steaks liberally on both sides with salt and pepper.

Then pour the sesame seeds out onto a plate and press the tuna steaks into the sesame seeds to coat on both sides.

close view two tuna steaks in a pan with sesame seeds

Set a 10-12 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Sear the tuna steaks for 1-2 minutes per side. Then remove from heat, transfer to a plate, and allow them to rest.

Next, combine the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, lime zest, honey, the remaining 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, and garlic powder in a small mixing bowl. Stir well, then taste. Salt and pepper as needed and add additional honey if desired.

ingredients to make lime aioli in a glass measuring cup with spoon

Set out 4 dinner plates. Pile each with Romaine lettuce, diced mango, and diced avocado. 

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two plates with Romaine, chopped avocado, and chopped mango

Once the tuna steaks have had a few minutes to cool, cut them into ¾ inch cubes.

cubed seared sesame crusted tuna on a cutting board

Place a pile of seared ahi tuna cubes on each plate. Sprinkle the top of each salad with scallions and wonton strips.

top view seared ahi tuna salad with avocado and mango on plates with crispy wontons

Either drizzle or dollop the lime aïoli over the top.

Serve the salads immediately.

salad on a plate with mango and scallions, crispy onions and cubed seared tuna

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make this Ahi tuna salad recipe with a spicy dressing?

Want to kick things up? Add wasabi paste to the aioli. Start with just a smidge, stir and taste. Continue to add a bit more and taste until it’s reached your desired level of spiciness.

Do seared Ahi tuna salads keep well?

The salads should be served and enjoyed as soon as they are assembled. Many components can be prepped ahead of time, like washing and chopping the lettuce, mango, and green onions. However, avocado is best when peeled and chopped right before serving. The seared and cooled tuna will keep well for up to a day or so in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

What do you serve with mango and avocado Ahi tuna salad?

While they have everything you need for a complete meal in one bowl – veggies, lean protein, and a bit of carb-y goodness from the wontons – these salads are also delicious to enjoy with all kinds of fresh and/or fried sides. Pair with Japanese Clear Soup or Egg Drop Soup, dumplings, or Okonomiyaki for an even heartier dinner!

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Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad with Avocado and Mango

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
These refreshingly delicious salads are loaded with sesame coated and seared Ahi tuna steaks, fresh mango, avocado, crispy wonton strips and scallions. Plus a drizzle of lime aioli adds even more bright flavor in every bite!
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop and prep all the fresh produce. Season the tuna steaks liberally on both sides with salt and pepper. Then pour the sesame seeds out onto a plate and press the tuna steaks into the sesame seeds to coat on both sides.
  • Set a 10-12 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Sear the tuna steaks for 1-2 minutes per side then remove from heat and allow them to rest.
  • In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, lime zest, honey, remaining 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, and garlic powder. Mix well, then taste. Salt and pepper as needed and add additional honey if desired.
  • Set out 4 dinner plates. Pile with Romaine lettuce, diced mango, and diced avocado.
  • Once the tuna steaks have had a few minutes to cool, cut them into ¾ inch cubes. Place a pile of seared ahi tuna cubes on each plate. Sprinkle the top of each salad with scallions and wonton strips.
  • Either drizzle or dollop the lime aïoli over the top. Serve immediately.

Notes

Want to kick things up? Add wasabi paste to the aioli.
Seared Ahi tuna will keep well for up to 2 days in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 507kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 224mg, Potassium: 809mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 8781IU, Vitamin C: 34mg, Calcium: 117mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: dinner, Main, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “Seared Ahi Tuna Salad with Avocado and Mango”

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  2. Absolutely stunning! The tuna is perfect and the ingredients complement each other flawlessly! I LOVE it when healthy AND delicious come together in one great meal! <3

  3. Wow, I cannot believe how fresh and flavorful this salad was! The mango and avocado pairing is fabulous!

  4. Seared Ahi Tuna is one of my favorite things to order at restaurants but I was always too intimidated to try to make it myself at home. Well, NO MORE! This recipe was not only surprisingly simple to make, but it turned out so, so good! Fresh, healthy, and delicious…my family was so impressed!

  5. wow – this salad is just AMAZING – thank you for sharing this recipe!