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Fresh Tuna and Radish Salad with Wasabi Dressing Recipe

Course: Main Course
Total Time: Under 30 Minutes
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Splurge
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Fresh Tuna and Radish Salad with Wasabi Dressing

Photo by: Joseph De Leo

Raw tuna is beautiful: silky smooth, with a rich mouth feel that is reminiscent of a well-made pate. When something is so good, there's no reason to cook it. In this way, tuna could be called the "tomato of the fish world": When it's fresh and perfect, why tamper with it? It's excellent on its own with just a little coarse sea salt. This dish is a celebration of raw flavors and textures: crisp radishes and sprouts, the lively surprise of mint, and the warmth of cilantro. Served with the wasabi dressing, it's perfect as a cold hors d'oeuvre or as a first course.

Yield: Serves 4


For the wasabi dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons wasabi powder
  • 3 tablespoons silken tofu
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yuzu juice or fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mirin

For the tuna and radish salad:

  • 4 ounces assorted radishes, sliced paper thin or shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons daikon sprouts or other peppery sprouts
  • 1½ tablespoons yuzu juice or fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ tablespoons mirin
  • 1 pound sushi-grade tuna, preferably yellowfin, cut into 16 slices about 1¼-inch thick
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling


To Make The Dressing: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk until smooth.

To Make The Salad: In a large bowl, combine the radishes, mint, cilantro, and sprouts. Add the yuzu or lemon juice and mirin and toss to mix well. Divide among 4 chilled plates.

Arrange 4 slices of tuna over each mound of salad, overlapping the slices slightly.

Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the dressing around the salad on each plate, Finish by sprinkling sea salt over the tuna slices. Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container for up to 1 week.

© 2003 Michel Nischan

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

166kcal (8%)
57mg (6%)
13mg (22%)
28mcg RAE (1%)
51mg (17%)
347mg (14%)
0g (2%)
2g (3%)
2mg (9%)

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