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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Alabama with vegetable Couscous - Orange Beach Fishing Charters favorite recipe

Yellowfin Tuna is also known as Ahi around the world.  In Orange Beach, Alabama, it is called the best Ahi Salad around.  Not to be confused with traditional redneck tuna salad with canned tuna, mayo, relish, etc., that you mix in a bowl and serve on loaf bread.  This kind of Ahi Tuna salad is fit for a King.

Alabama Yellowfin Ahi Tuna Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 - 6 to 8 oz. Fresh Yellowfin Tuna Fillets or Ahi Tuna Steaks
  • 6 cups Fresh Romain Lettuce that is chopped into bite size pieces - Spring lettuce will do if you don't like the crunchyness of the Romain lettuce
  • 2 cups Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives that are pitted
  • 1 cup roasted Red Bell Pepper - from a jar will do.

Seared Yellowfin Tuna Dressing Ingredients:

  • 4 tbs light Olive Oil
  • 3 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbs Lime Juice
  • 1 tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 2 cloves fresh Garlic - Crushed

Whisk these dressing ingredients together and set aside.  You will be drizzling this dressing on your tuna salad later.

Fresh Vegetable Couscous Side Ingredients

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 yellow squash diced up
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 4 tbs crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 2 tbs chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 tsp fresh chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tsp light Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 

Follow the directions on making the Couscous.  After it is cooled, add the vegetables to the couscous and toss like a salad until blended well.   This vegetable medley of couscous is to be served as a side with the grilled Yellowfin tuna salad.

How to Make Seared Ahi Tuna Salad and Couscous Vegetable Medley on the Alabama Gulf Coast:

Preheat your grill to about 350 degrees.   Place fresh Ahi Yellowfin Tuna steaks on the grill for one minute on each side.  Be careful not to over cook your tuna.  We in Alabama, frown on overcooked tuna.  Your tuna steaks should be cooked on the outside and red on the inside, not pink.  However, if you are a bit squeemish of rare tuna, you are welcome to cook the life out of your meat.  We prefer it rare.   Remove from heat after cooking and season to taste but don't over do it.

In a large bowl, toss the lettuce, tomatoes, olives and red pepper.   

In a medium size bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together.  

Cut the tuna steaks in 1/4 inch width slices.   Divide the salad mixture between two plates and top each plate of salad with equal slices of fresh seared tuna and cover in dressing.   Place your couscous on the side and get after it.

This Ahi Tuna Salad with Couscous recipe makes 2 servings.

 


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