Summer is the time when fresh, wild produce of all varieties are in season, coming in many vibrant colors from deep purple to bright green. With high temperatures and plenty of sun, summer food is all about refreshing, cool meals and sides, including delectable salads with a diversity of robust ingredients.
With so many ingredients out there to try, one of the newer food trends and delicacies is poke salad. Pronounced “poh-KAY,” poke, which is typically synonymous with marinated seafood, is actually most directly translated to “chunk” in Hawaiian. Traditionally, poke salad features raw tuna cubed into small chunks and then marinated with soy sauce and sesame oil and mixed with onion. A Hawaiian staple, endless poke varieties can be found in local grocery stores, ranging in spiciness with garnishes like wasabi or kimchi, a popular, tangy fermented vegetable side dish. As poke has gained increasing popularity among American foodies and healthy eaters alike, variations on the traditional use of ahi tuna have emerged to craft delicious spins on this enticing dish. Whether you’re a longtime poke salad connoisseur or want to try your hand at a recipe, here are 3 easy poke salad recipes that are sure to please:
Recipe 1: Fresh Poke and Avocado Salad
With just 10 minutes of prep time, 10 minutes of cooking time and 4 easy steps, this poke salad calls for the following 8 ingredients:
1 pound sashimi grade ahi tuna
½ cup finely chopped green onion
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp chili sauce or Sriracha
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 large avocado, diced
1 bag mixed salad greens
First, cut the ahi tuna into small cubes and transfer them to a medium bowl. Next, add green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce and sesame seeds. Mix well to ensure that the tuna is coated evenly in the sauce mixture. Then, gently mix in the avocado and salad greens, and you’re ready to eat! For extra crunch, you can top your salad off with some crispy baked wontons as a yummy, healthy garnish option.
Recipe 2: Poke Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette
Inspired by one of America’s favorite chefs, Emeril Lagasse, this sweet and spicy poke salad serves 6 and is sure to satisfy you and your guests. Ingredients include:
2 pounds sashimi-grade ahi fillet, cut into bite-size pieces
3 tbsp plus 2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp minced shallots
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tbsp black sesame seeds or regular sesame seeds
3 tbsp crushed macadamia nuts
2 tbsp fresh or reconstituted dried seaweed, coarsely chopped
2 red jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
½ cup finely chopped Maui or other sweet onions like Vidalia or Walla Walla
1 head radicchio (9 to 10 ounces), washed and julienned
1 tbsp snipped fresh chives
Freshly cracked black pepper
In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of the sesame oil with soy sauce, honey, shallots, garlic, cilantro leaves and sesame seeds and whisk well to create your vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper.
In a separate bowl, combine the macadamia nuts with your seaweed, onions and jalapenos. Gently mix your ahi tuna into this bowl, and season with salt and pepper.
Pour your vinaigrette onto your ahi tuna mixture, then add and toss your radicchio with the remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil and garnish with chives.
Recipe 3: Ahi Poke and Seaweed Salad
Food Network favorite, Guy Fieri, celebrates the natural flavors of the ocean with this poke salad. This dish serves 2-4 individuals and requires just 10 minutes of prep time and 10 ingredients:
1 pound fresh ahi
1 tsp finely chopped macadamia nuts
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes, optional
1/4 cup shaved Maui onion
2 tbsp finely sliced green onions
1/8 cup finely julienned, toasted dried seaweed
Freshly cracked black pepper
Cut the ahi into 3/4-inch cubes and put in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the chopped macadamia nuts, sesame oil, soy sauce, chili flakes and salt to taste, then lightly toss together. Add in both the Maui onions and green onions and lightly toss the ingredients together again. Taste again to determine if you need more salt and pepper, then garnish with seaweed.
Well, what are you waiting for? Try any or all of these three delectable poke salads today!
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