Tuna Salad Roll



I have been making this delicious fresh tuna salad for a few years now and it just occured to me to put it into a hot dog bun.  I got the idea from lobster rolls, abundant during the summer months.  Both lobster and tuna are somewhat pricey but the tuna is easier and quicker to cook.  You don’t have to concern yourself with taking the lobster meat out of the shells.

This tuna roll is terrific as a light dinner on a hot summer evening.  You only need to stand over a flame for 2 minutes, the rest comes together quite easily.  It is also great for lunch.  If you don’t want to put it in a hot dog bun it is wonderful placed on a bed of greens. 


1 pound sushi grade tuna steak, cut one inch thick

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing

1 large lime, zested and juiced

1 tsp wasabi powder

1 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp toasted seasame oil

5 dashes tobasco sauce

1 ripe Haas avocado

1/4 cup minced scallions

2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped

Salt & pepper

Spinach leaves

Hot dog buns (top slit), lightly toasted


Brush steaks with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.  Place tuna steak in a very hot saute pan (or grill pan) and cook for only one minute on each side.  The center of the steaks should still be raw.  Set aside on a platter to cool.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime zest, wasabi, lime juice, soy sauce and hot sauce along with a dash of salt & pepper.  Add the avocados to the vinaigrette and toss to combine. 

Cut the tuna into chunks and add to the vinaigrette.  Finally, add the scallions and red onions to the mixture.  Mix well.

Lightly toast the hot dog buns.  Place a layer of spinach leaves in the buns.  Pile the tuna mixture on top of the leaves.

This recipe is adapted from Ina Garten.


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6 Responses to “Tuna Salad Roll”

  1. September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am

    YUM! That sounds amazing!!!

  2. 2 patricia disorda
    September 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    This looks yummy!!!!!!!!! The tuna looks really good, nice and pink on the inside.i can’t wait to try this one. Tuna is one of my favorite fish to eat. Nice job on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 4 jasmine
    September 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    oh. my. god. look @ that beautifully rare-seared tuna with those OMNOM chunks of avocado! im making this…..like, IMMEDIATELY

    beautiful pics & post!

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