Fresh Grilled Tuna Salad Recipe- Barefoot Contessa

Once you make this Fresh Grilled Tuna Salad Recipe you will never make it out of a can again.  Well you will but you will crave this amazing flavor combination.   Tuna Salad  is a great salad for lunch or a healthy dinner. I love tuna salad and have never had a fresh tuna salad before.

Until I made this salad a few years ago and again this year, my tuna has always come out of a can when making salad.  However, I don’t mind cooking my tuna on the rare side so we were willing participants for this recipe by Ina Garten.


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This recipe suggests cooking your fresh tuna steaks only 2 minutes per side.  That will result in a rare piece of fish.  If you are a little weary of undercooked foods, I am sure you could cook your fish more to your liking and to the point it looks grey like the can variety.
how to cook fresh tuna steaks
No matter what doneness you decide, be sure to allow your steaks to come to room temperature before cooking.  Most steaks are sold previously frozen and if they are cold in the middle, if you only sear them a few minutes, the result will be a cold instead.
how to sear fresh tuna steaks


Since I was only grilling three small pieces of Tuna and quickly I decided to do it on the indoor grill. Super easy other than having to clean the pan!

This tuna salad recipe made more than enough dressing,  feel free to cut it down by 1/3.  I find a lot of Barefoot Contessa dressing Recipes are very generous.
The recipe calls for Wasabi powder, giving the dressing just the perfect amount of kick. 
fresh tuna salad dressing with avocado

It had a great fresh flavor and the addition of the avocados was a pleasant combination. We will definitely make this again since I now own a canister of wasabi powder!!

fresh tuna salad dressing with avocado

Grilled Tuna Salad Recipe Via Barefoot Contessa

fresh tuna salad recipe
Ingredients for Grilled Tuna Salad 
  • 2 pounds very fresh tuna steak, cut 1-inch thick
  • Olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • Kosher salt
  • Coarsely ground black,
  • Wasabi powder
  • 3 Limes
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • 2 ripe Hass avocados
  • 2 Scallions
  • Small Red Onion
Fresh Grilled Tuna Salad Recipe
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Grilled Tuna Salad Recipe- Barefoot Contessa

Yield: serves 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Grilled Tuna Salad Recipe uses fresh tuna instead of canned. Grilled Tuna Salad Recipe is great for a special occasion lunch or weeknight dinner.


  • 2 pounds very fresh tuna steak, cut 1-inch thick
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 limes, zest grated
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 10 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
  • 1 to 2 ripe Hass avocados, medium diced
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, small diced


    Brush the tuna steaks with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the tuna steaks in a very hot saute pan and cook for only 1 minute on each side. Set aside on a platter.

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, pepper, lime zest, wasabi, lime juice, soy sauce and hot sauce. Add the avocados to the vinaigrette.

    Cut the tuna in chunks and place it in a large bowl. Add the scallions and red onion and mix well. Pour the vinaigrette mixture over the tuna and carefully mix.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 5 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 667Total Fat 39gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 26gCholesterol 132mgSodium 1370mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 5gSugar 2gProtein 68g

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  1. great summer salad. I love Barefoot Contessa. love to watch her travel through the town in the show. so pretty.

  2. I’ve never had fresh tuna, but this does look good!

  3. This looks fabulous! I love the Barefoot Contessa!

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