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Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad With Wasabi Emulsion

This vibrant Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion is a tantalizing and healthy whole-meal salad. You’re going to love the combination of flavors in this salad with the wasabi emulsion. Unforgettable! 

Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion


Bring a little Japanese cuisine into your home with this Ahi tuna sashimi salad with wasabi emulsion. 

What is Sashimi?

Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy.  It is very fresh raw fish or meat sliced into thin pieces.   Sashimi is often eaten with soy sauce, preserved ginger and wasabi paste.

Is Yellowfin Tuna the Same as Ahi tuna ?

Ahi is the name for two types of tuna, yellowfin, and bigeye.   Yellowfin tuna has a mild flavor and a firm texture, making it perfect for sashimi.  Bigeye tuna has a higher fat content which gives it a creamy, buttery flavor. We prefer Bigeye tuna for our sashimi.  

  • Yellowfin tuna live in tropical and subtropical oceans.  You can find them in the waters around the U.S. Pacific Islands and off southern California.
  • Yellowfin tuna range in color from pink to deep red.
  • Good quality Bigeye tuna have reddish-pinkish flesh.
  • You will recognize the Bigeye tuna by its plump body, its larger head and its unusually large eyes.
  • The Bigeye tuna live in deeper, colder waters than the yellowfin tuna which is why they have a higher fat content.

Where to Buy the Freshest Ahi Tuna: 

Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion

Vibrant Ahi Sashimi Tuna

When you make this ahi tuna sashimi salad, you should make sure you buy the freshest and best quality Ahi tuna. It helps to know your supplier and where they purchase their tuna.

We buy our Ahi tuna loin at a market where there is a top-drawer Japanese deli.  They have a variety of sushi, sashimi and many delicacies of their cuisine. This fresh tuna came from the waters off Hawaii.  The products at our favorite Japanese deli are always super-fresh and top quality.

Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion

Salad Greens with Soy-Sesame Dressing

As soon as we get this fresh tuna home, it goes straight into the freezer until it is ready to thaw and prepare. Freezing the tuna serves two purposes.

  • First, freezing destroys any bacteria in the fish.  We like to freeze the fish ourselves for that extra peace-of-mind. Although eating raw fish is generally safe for most people, if you have a weakened immune system or are pregnant, you should avoid  eating it.
  • Second, slicing the tuna while it is partially frozen will make it easier to slice thinly.
Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion

Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion

How we made our Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion:

This sashimi-style salad joins forces with crisp salad greens, creamy avocado, cucumber, red onion, and zesty radishes. We tossed the salad with a light soy-sesame dressing.  This dressing truly compliments the textures and flavors of the salad.

Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion

Zesty Wasabi Emulsion highlights the chilled Ahi tuna slices

We made the wasabi emulsion in our mini-food processor.  It is a blend of egg yolks, rice vinegar, pickled ginger, wasabi paste and melted butter.  When you drizzle the melted and cooled butter into the whirling blender, it turns into a creamy thick sauce.

You will have more than enough wasabi sauce for leftovers. You can store the extra wasabi emulsion in the refrigerator for several days.  We used this wasabi sauce for our Sake-Red Miso Glazed Sablefish recipe.    The sauce is also great drizzled on steamed veggies.

You have got to try this salad. The zesty wasabi emulsion is amazing. The crowning touch to this salad is the chilled, thin slices of Ahi tuna.



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Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion

Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad With Wasabi Emulsion

Yield: 4 Salads
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This vibrant Ahi Tuna Sashimi Salad with Wasabi Emulsion is a tantalizing whole-meal salad for anyone who enjoys sashimi. 


For the Wasabi Emulsion:

  • 10 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons wasabi paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled ginger
  • Pinch of kosher salt

For the Soy-Sesame Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger (peeled)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 5 oz. mixed salad greens
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 large red radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and quartered
  • 8 ounces Ahi Yellowfin tuna, thinly sliced


For the Wasabi Emulsion:

  1. Add the egg yolks, wasabi paste, vinegar, ginger and salt to a blender and process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the cooled butter. Blend until fully incorporated and smooth. Transfer to a dish or pitcher and refrigerate until needed.

For the Soy-Sesame Dressing:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small, lidded jar and shake well to combine.

For the Salad:

  1. To a large salad bowl, add the greens, cucumber, onion and radishes. Toss with a portion of the salad dressing. Arrange the dressed greens on 4 salad plates and add the avocado slice. Divide the tuna equally and arrange on the salad plate. Spoon or pour a portion of the reserved wasabi sauce to each salad. Serve immediately


  1. Both the wasabi emulsion and the soy-sesame dressing can be made in advance and refrigerated.
  2. Either a mini-food processor or an stick blender works well for the wasabi sauce. If using a stick blender place the ingredients inside a pint-size Mason jar and drizzle in the butter while blending.
  3. The wasabi sauce will keep for 3 or 4 days in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  4. Partially freezing the tuna will make slicing the tuna thinly much easier.
  5. The wasabi emulsion will make 2 cups with 40 calories per tablespoon
  6. The soy-sesame dressing will make 1 cup with 66 calories per tablespoon

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Salad with 2 oz Tuna
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 10.5gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 9.6gFiber: 4.1gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 15.3g

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Thursday 10th of January 2019

Beautiful dish! The wasabi sauce sounds delicious!

Pat Nyswonger

Thursday 10th of January 2019

Thank you, Sabrina....This is a great taste sensation! :)

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