Sushi salad! This crunchy and refreshing salad features wasabi crusted tuna, tons of fresh vegetables, brown rice and a simple yet spectacular dressing. 

Photograph of a sushi salad arranged on a large white plate.

This Sushi Salad with Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna is my take on The Grateful Grazer’s Deconstructed Sushi Bowl. Her recipe is an oh-so flavorful meatless (vegan to be specific) entrée that truly conveys the essence of sushi in a bowl. Although the execution is quite different, this recipe shares the same foundation that Stephanie created in her Sushi Bowl.

photograph of wasabi crust mixture for ahi tuna

The most obvious difference between our two sushi bowl recipes is the addition of ahi tuna to my Asian salad. The ahi tuna is encrusted with wasabi peas and sesame seeds, then seared in a hot pan for a crisp, flavorful exterior and rare interior.

How do you make wasabi crusted ahi tuna? 

  • Start by making a simple breading mixture made of crushed wasabi peas, black sesame seeds and salt.
  • Coat ahi tuna steaks with nonstick spray then dip in wasabi pea mixture to coat all sides. 
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high, add oil and heat until shimmering. Add tuna and sear all sides until golden and crispy. 

Photograph of a sushi salad arranged on a large white plate.What’s in a sushi salad?

Green cabbage acts as the base of this salad, lending a refreshing crunch that pairs well with fresh cucumber, carrots, tender edamame, chewy brown rice and creamy avocado.

Photograph of a sushi salad arranged on a large white plate.

Sushi salad vinaigrette

The dressing takes a little bit of a different route as well. Ponzu, a citrus enhanced soy sauce, is the base of this dressing. If you don’t have ponzu you can easily use soy sauce, preferably low-sodium, and a splash of lemon or lime juice. I then add sesame oil, rice vinegar, fresh garlic, ginger, and wasabi to create an out-of-this-world Asian dressing. It’s so good.

So the next time you get a hankering for sushi, give this salad a try. It’s sure to satisfy your craving!

Get the recipe for my go-to Classic Vinaigrette.

Photograph of a sushi salad arranged on a large white plate.

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Photograph wasabi crusted tuna set on a white place with brown rice, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers and pickled ginger.

Asian Salad with Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings (8 cups salad + ⅓ cup dressing 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Asian


Taking inspiration from sushi, this Asian Salad has all the components of your favorite roll, all tossed together in a sesame ginger vinaigrette. Healthy, flavorful, and satisfying, this ahi tuna salad is a winner!




  • ½ cup wasabi peas
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 ahi tuna steaks (56 ounces each)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons ponzu (use Wan Ja Shan brand if gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • ½ teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon wasabi paste


  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 3 carrots, julienned
  • 2 cups shelled edamame
  • 1 English cucumber, julienned
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • Pickled ginger, optional



Place wasabi peas in a mini food processor and process until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer to a shallow bowl, add sesame seeds and whisk to combine; season with salt and pepper. Pat tuna steaks dry, then coat with nonstick cooking spray. Press tuna steaks into wasabi pea mixture, coating all sides.

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add tuna steaks to pan and cook 2 minutes per side, for rare. Transfer to a plate and let rest 5 minutes; slice thinly.

Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette:

Whisk together ponzu, olive oil, vinegar, sesame oil, honey, scallion, garlic, ginger, and wasabi; season with black pepper.


Arrange cabbage, carrots, edamame, cucumber, avocado, brown rice, pickled ginger, and tuna on serving plates, drizzled with vinaigrette.


  • Calories: 568
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 46g
  • Cholesterol: 62mg
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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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