Carrot contributes the antioxidant beta-carotene, while bok choy, a unique and hearty choice for a salad, is rich in potential cancer-fighting indoles. And tuna is a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fats.
1 large carrot
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (such as Lee Kum Kee)
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, divided
1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) yellowfin tuna steaks
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
16 green onions, cut into 5-inch pieces (about 2 bunches)
4 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded bok choy
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
How to Make It
Cut carrot lengthwise into ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Curl ribbons around fingers, and place carrot curls in a bowl of ice water.
Combine vinegar, juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt, chili garlic sauce, and mustard. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil, stirring with a whisk.
Heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove fish from pan.
Heat remaining 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and remaining 1/2 teaspoon canola oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally.
Combine lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Drain carrot curls; add carrot curls to lettuce mixture. Drizzle vinegar mixture over lettuce mixture; toss gently to coat. Arrange 1 1/2 cups lettuce mixture onto each of 4 plates. Cut each tuna steak into thin slices. Arrange 1 tuna steak and 4 onions on each serving; sprinkle each serving with 3/4 teaspoon sesame seeds.
Wine note: What to pour with these diverse flavors? Dry rosé's bold fruitiness stands up to the richness of the sesame oil, the impact of chili sauce, and the density of tuna. I love Côtes-du-Rhône rosés from France. In particular, the 2006 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Rosé is fantastic with this dish ($14). —Karen MacNeil
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A very tasty light meal. Used sriracha instead of chili garlic sause, and just added a touch of garlic. I liked the tang from the chili and vinegar mixed with the orange juice. Doubled the amount of dressing though. Easily looked beautiful on the plate. Will definitely make again.