Easy Seared Ahi Tuna Greek Chopped Salad

Easy Seared Ahi Tuna Greek Chopped Salad is not your typical “tuna salad”. Packed with fresh greens, bell peppers, red onion, olives, European cucumber, and topped with seared fresh fish fillets of tuna, it’s packed with delicious flavor.

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I love this healthy salad recipe because it’s easy enough for a quick lunch but also special enough to serve on a date night with your significant other. This is one of my favorite salads because not only is it packed with flavor and the grilled ahi tuna gives it an upgrade over a typical grilled chicken salad, but from start to finish it can be ready in under 30 minutes!

What You’ll Need to Make Seared Ahi Tuna Greek Chopped Salad

seared ahi tuna steaks on a chopped greek salad mixture

Seared Ahi Tuna

  • 4 ahi tuna steaks (4-6 oz each)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil or cooking spray
  • Optional: Balsamic Glaze

For this recipe, you can either use fresh tuna or you can pick up frozen filets from your grocery store’s seafood department. If you do go with frozen, just make sure to bring them to room temperature before you sear them.

Salad Ingredients

  •  4 cups prewashed spring mix, baby salad greens, or spinach/arugula mix, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  •  ½ of a seedless English cucumber, finely diced
  •  ½ cup kalamata olives, sliced
  •  2 ounces fresh feta cheese (the kind that comes in brine), crumbled
  • Garlic salad dressing of your choice
  • Optional: sliced green onions as a garnish

How to Make Ahi Tuna Salad Recipe

seared ahi tuna with balsamic glaze on fresh greens

Step One – Sear the Tuna

  • First, salt and pepper both sides of the ahi tuna steaks.
  • Next, heat a large skillet or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, swirl it around, and allow it to become heated. (Alternatively, you can coat your hot cooking surface with cooking spray in place of the olive oil.)
  •  Finally, place the ahi fillet in the heated pan and sear each side for 2-3 minutes. Place the seared ahi tuna on a plate and set it aside while you prepare the salad.

Step Two – Prepare the Greek Chopped Salad

  • In a large bowl, combine greens, red pepper, red onion, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and olives.
  • Next, add your desired amount of salad dressing to the bowl and toss until the salad is completely coated.
  •  Now, transfer the Greek Chopped Salad to a large serving platter. Place the Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks on top of the salad. Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese all over the salad and tuna steaks.
  •  For an added touch, as a last step, drizzle the seared ahi tuna steaks with balsamic glaze. (It’s super easy to make homemade balsamic glaze if you don’t already have some in your refrigerator.)

Easy Homemade Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

If you prefer to make your own salad dressing, this is my go-to recipe when I serve this seared ahi tuna salad. It comes together very quickly and pairs perfectly with the seared tuna steak and fresh salad.

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • A few cranks of salt and pepper from the grinder, to taste

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. If you like to make your own salad dressings and marinades, I highly recommend investing in a Suribachi & Suikogi (Japanese Mortar & Pestle) set.

What makes this different from the traditional mortar and pestle sets is that the inside of the bowl has lined ridges. You can easily mash any garlic and herbs you’re using in the bowl and, when you pour your oil into the bowl, it “magically” releases them from the ridges. You can then add the rest of your ingredients and whisk them together.

It’s seriously a game-changer when it comes to making homemade dressings and marinades.

close up of seared ahi tuna with a balsamic glaze on a bed of greens and feta cheese

More Easy Salad Recipes You’ll Love

seared ahi tuna on a bed of chopped salad

Easy Seared Ahi Tuna Greek Chopped Salad

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Easy Seared Ahi Tuna Greek Chopped Salad is not your typical “tuna salad”. Packed with fresh greens, bell peppers, red onion, olives, European cucumber, and topped with seared fresh fish fillets of tuna, it’s packed with delicious flavor.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:6 mins

Ingredients

  • Seared Ahi Tuna4 ahi tuna steaks 4-6 oz each
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil or cooking spray
  • Optional: Balsamic Glaze
  • For this recipe you can either use fresh tuna or you can pick up frozen filets from your grocery store’s seafood department. If you do go with frozen, just make sure to bring them to room temperature before you sear them.
  • Salad Ingredients 4 cups prewashed spring mix baby salad greens, or spinach/arugula mix, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 small red onion finely diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ of a seedless English cucumber finely diced
  • ½ cup kalamata olives sliced
  • 2 ounces fresh feta cheese the kind that comes in brine, crumbled
  • Garlic salad dressing of your choice
  • Optional: sliced green onions as a garnish

Instructions

  • Step One – Sear the TunaFirst, salt and pepper both sides of the ahi tuna steaks.
  • Next, heat a large skillet or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, swirl it around, and allow it to become heated. (Alternatively, you can coat your hot cooking surface with cooking spray in place of the olive oil.)
  •  Finally, place the ahi fillet in the heated pan and sear each side for 2-3 minutes. Place the seared ahi tuna on a plate and set it aside while you prepare the salad.
  • Step Two – Prepare the Greek Chopped SaladIn a large bowl, combine greens, red pepper, red onion, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and olives.
  • Next, add your desired amount of salad dressing to the bowl and toss until the salad is completely coated.
  •  Now, transfer the Greek Chopped Salad to a large serving platter. Place the Seared Ahi Tuna Steaks on top of the salad. Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese all over the salad and tuna steaks.
  •  For an added touch, as the last step, drizzle the seared ahi tuna steaks with balsamic glaze.
Course: Salad
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Snug and Cozy Life

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