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There is something about Summer and salads. This is a tasty pear salad with grilled yellowfin tuna.
Arugula greens and slaw mix provide a flavorful and crunchy salad base. Toss in toasted sliced almonds and a handful of feta cheese. Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a quick and fresh salad.
For many people hearing the term, tuna brings up images of tuna in the can.
Yellowfin, named for its bright yellow fins and tail, is completely different. It is a dense fish that is protein-packed.
Best preparation leaves the tuna seared on the outside and pink on the inside for a tender and flavorful fish.
Tuna Selection & Seasoning
Look for a yellowfin tuna fillet that is about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches thick. This thickness will help ensure that the grilled tuna does not cook too quickly.
Drizzle the fillet with extra virgin olive oil and season with paprika, seafood seasoning, and a bit of cayenne pepper.
- salad greens
- sliced almonds
- dried cherries
- feta cheese
- balsamic vinegar
- extra virgin olive oil
This salad comes together quickly.
First, thaw your tuna steak, if frozen.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika, seafood seasoning, and cayenne pepper.
Preparation is key.
When served as sushi, tuna steak is often served rare or just lightly seared. So you really can't undercook this fish.
For a medium-done tuna, heat your grill on high. Place tuna to grill on direct heat and cook for 3 minutes. Turn tuna and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove immediately. The tuna should be golden brown on the outside and medium pink on the inside.
Want a rarer tuna? Adjust your cooking time to grill one minute on each side. The tuna will be dark pink on the inside.
If you have a thinner fillet you will need to adjust your cooking time.
Overcooking the tuna will make it dry with a similar texture to canned tuna.
Next, pull together your salad ingredients. I used arugula greens and a slaw mix. A ripe sliced pear adds sweetness, along with dried cherries.
Toasted sliced almonds add a smokey flavor. To toast almonds, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add almonds and stir for 3-5 minutes until they start to brown. Remove from heat and cool.
Simply mix and toss your greens.
Thinly slice a ripe pear and add to the salad. Add dried cherries, toasted almonds, and feta cheese.
Gently flake tuna and add to salad in large chunks.
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Often referred to as ahi tuna, yellowfin is a tropical fish. It is named for its bright yellow fins and tail.
You will find yellowfin tuna in densely packed one-inch fillets.
Mild flavored and packed with protein1
You can find yellowfin tuna in the seafood section of your local grocery or through a seafood monger.
In addition, many stores may have precut steak fillets frozen and ready for purchase. Thaw frozen filets prior to seasoning and grilling.
What to Serve with Grilled Yellowfin Tuna and Pear Salad
Serve this salad with a slice of french bread and your favorite white wine or iced tea and you have a light and filling Summer salad.
Looking for a dressing recipe, see my recipe for Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing here.
April 2021 Update: Updated post and recipe card with recipe ingredients, detailed preparation, and updated images.
August 2021 Update: Added Ingredient, Preparation, Frequently Asked Questions Sections, and updated images.