Seared Sesame Tuna and Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

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Seared Sesame Tuna and Soba Noodle Salad is a fresh, fast, and simple weeknight dinner option that features seared tuna, soba noodles, and tons of vegetables. This salad is packed with flavor and texture! 

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Summer is officially here! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m having a hard time believing that the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Wondering what to take to your summer potlucks and picnics? Check out these 27 Delicious Recipes for Picnics and Potlucks. Does #15 look familiar? 🙂

Every spring, my sister and I set aside a full day to spend with our dad. This is the third year we’ve done it and it’s really special. We usually drive into Georgetown, have a relaxing lunch, and do some shopping. Even though we spend tons of time with our dad on a regular basis, it is always special to have him to ourselves (sorry, Mom 🙂 ). This newly-founded tradition will never get old.

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So in keeping with the tradition, we set aside a Saturday a few weeks ago to make this annual event happen and it was about as good as it gets. Especially when it came to lunch.

Since I didn’t know ahead of time where we would be dining, I had to make a game-time decision on my order. I ordered  a Sesame Tuna Salad that I knew immediately I’d be recreating. It was outstanding! And honestly, it made the perfect entrée salad. Not too light, this salad had protein, veggies, and carbs for an all around win.

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Making this salad at home was pretty simple. In fact, I pulled this salad together for a casual lunch and it took about 15 minutes to make.

For this salad, you’ll need one large piece of sushi-grade yellowfin tuna, preferably 1 ½ to 2 inches thick. I got mine at Whole Foods where I also picked up the Miso paste.  To save you from wandering the International food aisle in despair like I did, I’ll give you this hint…Miso paste needs to be refrigerated. I finally found it by asking a nice Whole Foods employee. Once I was in the right spot, there were plenty to choose from. I chose a mild white miso paste that said it was perfect for salad dressings.

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Everything else about this salad is pretty simple.

Start by making the dressing. Combine the sesame oil, miso paste, rice vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside. This makes enough dressing but you won’t likely have leftovers. If you’re serving more than 2-4 people, I recommend making extra.

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Slice the cucumbers and red bell peppers, halve the tomatoes, and dice the green onions. If you’re shredding fresh carrots, do so. If not, portion out pre-shredded carrots. Set aside.

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In a nonstick pan, toast the almonds for 2-3 minutes watching constantly to make sure they don’t burn. Once the almonds are golden, set the almonds aside in a small bowl.

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You’ll use the same pan to sear the tuna. Pour the sesame seeds onto a plate. Rinse the tuna and pat it dry using a paper towel. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Then, place the tuna on the bed of sesame seeds and move it around until it is covered.

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Bring the pan to high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.  Add the tuna and cook for 2-3 minutes per side for seared rare.  If you aren’t a fan of rare tuna, cook it until it is cooked to your liking. I don’t recommend cooking it more than medium for this salad. Once cooked, remove the tuna to a cutting board and thinly slice the tuna.

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To cook the soba noodles, bring a small pot of water to a boil. My soba noodles came pre-portioned, so I just removed the paper on the noodles. Once the water is rapidly boiling, add the soba noodles and cook according to package directions. Once cooked, drain, rinse, repeat.

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In a large salad bowl, add the field greens. Add all of the chopped vegetables and the almonds. Toss with the vinaigrette.

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Plate the salads and place the tuna on top of each salad.

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Enjoy!

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Seared Sesame Tuna and Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 entree salads/4 lunch portions

Seared Sesame Tuna and Soba Noodle Salad is a fresh, fast, and simple weeknight dinner option. This salad is packed with flavor and texture!

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced
  • 1/3 of an English cucumber, sliced
  • 3 oz soba noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large fresh yellowfin tuna steak (1 ½ to 2 inches thick)
  • 3-4 cups mixed greens with spinach

Instructions

  1. Start by making the dressing. Combine the sesame oil, miso paste, rice vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside. This makes enough dressing but you won’t likely have leftovers. If you’re serving more than 2-4 people, I recommend making extra.
  2. Slice the cucumbers and red bell peppers, halve the tomatoes, and dice the green onions. If you’re shredding fresh carrots, do so. If not, portion out pre-shredded carrots. Set aside.
  3. In a nonstick pan, toast the almonds for 2-3 minutes watching constantly to make sure they don’t burn. Once the almonds are golden, set the almonds aside in a small bowl.
  4. You’ll use the same pan to sear the tuna. Pour the sesame seeds onto a plate. Rinse the tuna and pat it dry using a paper towel. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Then, place the tuna on the bed of sesame seeds and move it around until it is covered.
  5. Bring the pan to high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the tuna and cook for 2-3 minutes per side for seared rare. If you aren’t a fan of rare tuna, cook it until it is cooked to your liking. I don’t recommend cooking it more than medium for this salad. Once cooked, remove the tuna to a cutting board and thinly slice the tuna.
  6. Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, add the soda noodles and cook them according to the package directions.
  7. In a large salad bowl, add the field greens. Add all of the chopped vegetables, soba noodles, and the almonds. Toss with the vinaigrette.
  8. Plate the salads and place the tuna on top of each salad.
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Comments

  1. says

    Sounds like you started a great tradition with your dad! And I’m sure he enjoys the alone time with you and your sister. I love tuna salads, too…I often get it at my favorite restaurant, and it never disappoints! Your salad looks delicious, especially with that dressing. Beautiful pictures, too!

  2. says

    I am so glad you went into so much detail with this post. I have wanted to cook tuna like this, but I really wasn’t sure what spices/flavors would compliment it, much less how to properly prepare it! Can’t wait to try!

  3. says

    Is “NOM NOM NOM” an appropriate comment?! My husband even looked over my shoulder as I was reading this post and said, “That looks goooood!” He’s not much for salads, so that’s HUGE! Not to mention this salad is gorgeous – nice one! Just “like”d you on fb!

  4. says

    Bri, this salad looks so beautiful and I know it’s just as nutritious as it is pretty.

    How special, spending a day with your dad, my husband does that with our girls once in a while and it’s so special. Shopping with dad, that’s awesome!

    Again…the color of this salad. We actually caught a yellowfin tuna in the Virgin Islands (it was just luck) and had the restaurant cook it up for us for a fee, I wish I had this recipe on hand, I have no clue how to sear but you described everything so well, I bet I could now! Thanks Bri.

  5. says

    Miso is one of my new favorite ingredients, especially to use in dressings! I just started experimenting with cooking Asian style dishes and now I just want to make more and more! This one looks so good! I’ve never cooked tuna before, but I’ve always wanted to try it, I bet it tastes amazing with all these great flavors!

  6. says

    Oh, what a great tradition I must say! We don’t really do this with our dad, maybe he’s not the kind who’d do it. But maybe we should just try and implement a little tradition as well. 🙂
    Love those noodels. I really like tuna, and with all those vegetables it seems to be a perfect summer meal. I will deifinitely try this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe, Bri.

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