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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Sauce and Salad

With all of this heat and humidity that has been happening lately, not many people are really in the mood to eat heavier meals, or even turn on the oven for that matter!  Since I was in the mood for something light and easy, I decided to go with Ahi Tuna... but what to serve it with?? As a part of Food Networks SummerFest, the vegetable of the week was cucumber.  Therefore, I decided to serve my Ahi Tuna over a bed of sliced cucumbers with a creamy cucumber sauce! This dish is so light and refreshing and will definitely satisfy you during these hot summer months!

Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Sauce and Salad

-1 ahi tuna steak 
-Olive oil
-Ground coriander
-Salt and pepper to taste

Cucumber Sauce:
-1 cucumber, finely chopped (seeds removed)
-1 cup mayonnaise (or sour cream or plain yogurt if you do not have mayonnaise)
-1 garlic clove
-1 teaspoon lemon juice
-1/2 tsp dried dill weed (parsley can be used if you do not have dill)
-Salt and pepper to taste

Cucumber Salad:
-1 cucumber thinly sliced
-1/2 onion thinly sliced
-Sliced radishes 
(You can add any vegetable or herb you would like, these are the three that I used)

Prepare cucumber sauce either the night before, or several hours before serving.  In a food processor, mix all of the ingredients except for the mayonnaise, salt and pepper.  Remove the cucumber mixture from the food processor, and pour into a bowl.  Mix in the mayonnaise with a spoon or whisk.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.  

For the salad, slice the cucumber, onion, radishes, and any other vegetable or herb that you would like to add. Set aside. 

Using a pastry brush, coat the ahi tuna steak with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and coriander.  Place the tuna in a skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.  Do not overcook or the tuna will be too rubbery.  You want the tuna to be raw in the middle.  Once the tuna is done, remove from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes. 

Serve the tuna over a bed of cucumbers with the sauce on the side or drizzled on top.  Eat up and enjoy this light and delicious meal! 

For more great cucumber recipes, check out the following posts on SummerFest at Food Network!

What’s Gaby Cooking: Cucumber-Basil Gimlet
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Radish-Cucumber Crostini
Grecian Kitchen: Summer Cucumber Salad
Cooking With My Kid: Cucumber Limeade
CIA Dropout: Relishing Cucumbers
Healthy Eats: Cool Cucumber Soup
Food for 7 Stages of Life: Cucumber Cherry Salsa
Cooking With Elise: Green Tea Cucumber Pops
Virtually Homemade: Cold Thai Cucumber-Mint Soup
Daydreamer Desserts: Cubanita Margarita
Sweet Life Bake: Agua de Pepino
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  1. Oo this looks so delicious!! Your pictures are perfect!! :)

  2. I love tuna steak! this looks delicious!

  3. I usually sear my tuna crusted with sesame seeds, but your ground coriander sounds very, very interesting! Thanks for sharing and your pictures are beautiful!

  4. This looks great! I am so drooling at the computer right now...

  5. I love Ahi cooked/uncooked any style that it is prepared since I grew up eating it! Love your cucumber sauce, it sounds super refreshing.

  6. That looks amazing! I can't have Ahi....but YUM!

  7. That is one incredible dish! I love this!

  8. What a fantastic light dish! Bookmarked for our summer season!

  9. Can hardly wait to make this. Thinking about lunch while eating breakfast! Looks so good!

  10. Wow, look at your gorgeous presentation. I love a beautifully prepared plate (though I'm not sure our toddler totally appreciates the same just yet.)

    In honor of cucumber week, I'd love to throw an idea into the mix. It's a recipe from The Food Network Magazine itself, and a good one: Chicken with Pickle Sauce

    Best, Charity

  11. Gorgeous salad! I adore Ahi tuna...this is right up my alley...yum!

  12. That sauce sounds so good and summery!

  13. this is by far my favourite recipe on the list! If I can find fresh ahi tuna tonight, I am trying this out!


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