I made a sesame crusted tuna steak one night and then had this sensational looking Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad the next day! A double treat! I sliced it and added it to a salad of mixed greens and fresh oranges. I would have also added sliced fennel but I didn’t have any! But the citrus infused balsamic glaze was so good…I didn’t miss the fennel much. But go ahead…add the cold sliced tuna to whatever combination of greens you want. This flavorful almost raw tuna will no doubt mix well with almost any salad greens.
Ingredients (for 1 entree size salad)
8 oz (227 g) tuna steak
4 oz mixed greens (114 g)
1 orange – peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds (or enough to cover the steak)
2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil – just enough to wet the greens + just enough to cover the bottom of a small skillet
1 cup (.24 liters) balsamic vinegar
Juice from 1/2 orange
Place a pan over medium high heat and add enough olive oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pan. In the meantime, salt and pepper both sides of the tuna. Mix the two sesame seed into a small bowl and dredge the tuna in the bowl until both sides of the tuna are covered with seeds.
Add to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes on each side or just until a small band of tuna turns opaque, flip and cook on the other side…being careful to leave the center raw. Do not overcook.
Set aside. Let it cool and then cut into 1/4″ slices.
In the meantime, place the vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the liquid thickens and reduces by half. Remove from the heat and squeeze in the orange juice. As it cools it will thicken. If it appears to thick and doesn’t pour…place in the microwave for about 15 seconds to loosen it.
In a mixing bowl place the greens and the orange pieces. Add salt and pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Toss and top with tuna!