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Ahh Monday, you have come back again.

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Not sure if I am bummed about this or super happy. I am leaning towards super happy because with this Monday comes the potential for sunshine, and after the weekend we had here it will very much be welcomed. It’s still early, but I am hoping for no more snow.

And that’s all I will say about the weather. Just please… no more snow.

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You know what I still find really weird?

That people are actually making the recipes I create. I mean, I know that is the point of this whole site and what I do, but still, every time I read a comment, get to see an instagram photo (my favorite!! I love seeing your photos) or read an email about one of you guys making a recipe and loving it, it is the most awesome thing. Makes me smile every time. To me, it’s a little surreal.

Even when family members text me about recipes I get exited.

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Last night my cousin was looking for a gluten-free recipe to make for her roommate. Every time Abby texts or calls looking for recipes I get so pumped that she is going to make something. She is always sending me photos of dishes she had made.

It’s super fun and since we are far apart, it’s an awesome way to stay connected.

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps |

I always fear that people are going to hate whatever they try. I mean, everyone’s got different tastes, so it scares the living daylights out of me.

I know, I gotta get over it, can’t please everyone…but I’ll always try. It’s a habit I don’t think I will ever be able to break. Unless you start to get on my nerves. Then I would be fearful if I were you. Just kidding!

Sort of.

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Moving along.

This salad. It is sort of raw fish, but sort of not. It’s about as raw as fish is going to get around here. Maybe I am still developing the taste buds (and braveness) to like raw seafood, but as of right now I am gonna be saying, no.

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps |

So I seared my tuna and called it poke mostly because I liked the way it sounded. That’s how I roll.

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps |

Honestly though, this salad is so good and super quick to make too. The flavors are heavy on the tropics which seems to be all I am craving lately.

The tuna cooks in like two minutes and it is super important to not go any longer than that. If you cook the tuna through it’s just going to be dry and flavorless. Leave it extra pink and pretty.

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And there is also some wonton crisps. Baked not fried because I am tired of frying after these, + these. Baked works awesome. Still so good.

Oh and this salad? It’s so not one of those boring Monday salads. NOOO. I would not do that to you guys. Nope. this salad will brighten your day – even if your Monday doesn’t include sunshine (or happens to be snowy!).

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps |

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 2064 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Seared Ahi Tuna Poke

  • 20 square wonton wrappers cut into strips (use corn tortillas to make this gluten free)
  • 2 ahi tuna steaks
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon chile garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons black and white sesame seeds toasted


Hula Ginger vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup hot chile sesame oil or toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chile garlic sauce or sriracha or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 lime zested + juiced
  • 2 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 clove garlic grated or minced
  • back and white sesame seeds toasted


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Arrange the wonton strips in a single layer (or as best you can get them) on a greased baking sheet. Spray the wontons with olive oil spray and a good sprinkle of sea salt. Bake in the preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, watching them closely to make sure they don't burn. They are done when they are a light golden color and crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • In a small sauce pot mix together 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1 teaspoon cornstarch until smooth. Add 1/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup honey and 1 teaspoon chile garlic sauce. Place the pot on the stove over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer 3-4 minutes until the sauce is just beginning to thicken and coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet on high and add the sesame oil. Sear the tuna steaks in the skillet for 1-2 minutes, flip and brush the seared side with the soy sauce mixture. Sear another minute or 2 and then remove the steaks from the pan, brushing them with the remaining soy sauce mixture. Slice into strips.
  • Combine the spring greens, cilantro, pineapple chunks, avocado, and jalapeño (or red chile) in a bowl and toss.
  • In another small bowl make the vinaigrette. Combine the hot chile sesame oil, soy sauce, pineapple juice, rice vinegar, chile garlic sauce, tahini, 1 teaspoon lime zest and the juice of 1 lime, the fresh ginger and garlic. Add 1-2 tablespoons black and white sesame seeds.
  • Divide the greens among plates. Top with tuna, avocado slices and wonton crisps. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Dig in!
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I mean, there is pink involved. And not the died kind. Ya!

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  1. 5 stars
    Excellent. Again, going to be on repeat. So fast and easy!! Pulled some Wasabi Greens from the garden instead of the Spring Greens. YUM!! Again, thank you, Tieghan.

    1. Hi Kym,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that you have been enjoying this recipe and appreciate your notes and feedback! xT

  2. 2 stars
    This is the first recipe from you that we didn’t like, I used mango instead of pineapple and did add spring onions but it just wasn’t tasty at all. I’ve loved all of the other recipes I’ve tried from your books and website.

    1. Hey Jennie,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, so sorry to hear it wasn’t enjoyed! xTieghan

  3. I am a little confused. I don’t see sesame oil in the ingredient list except in the vinaigrette. The instructions indicate the tuna should be seared in sesame oil. Does the vinaigrette use the full 1/2 cup of hot chili/sesame oil or is that to be divided in some manner and a portion used to sear the tuna?

    1. Hey Lynn,
      You can just use a dash of sesame oil for the searing:) Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  4. 3 stars
    We made this for dinner last night. I had a photo, but lost it on Insta 🙁 Anyway, the tuna came out very tasty! The recipe does not specify how or when to apply the toasted seeds, so I googled another ahi recipe and went by that. We very much enjoyed the sauce for the tuna along with the won ton chips. The chips were so fun to make! I could not find won ton wrappers, so used egg roll wrappers, brushed on a bit of oil, salted them, then used a pizza cutter to cut them to size. They came out perfect! I appreciated the multitude of flavors both in the Hula dressing and the salad. Unfortunately, my husband didn’t care for either of those. He felt the cilantro was a bit much and the dressing wasn’t up his alley. Anyway, we will be using the tuna portion of this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for a weekday lunch and felt like I was eating a fancy restaurant quality salad. So delicious and fresh for summer! I don’t love pineapple so used fresh squeezed orange juice in the tuna marinade and vinaigrette.

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed. Have a great weekend☀️ xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    So fresh and a great way to make TUNA Steaks. So filling as well I didn’t t have wonton wrappers in the house so I made pita chips to give it that crunch. Was amazing

    1. Hey Marie,
      Happy Friday!! I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan