Tuna Poke with Avocado and Tomato Pico di Gallo

Tuna Poke with Avocado and Tomato Pico di Gallo
Serves 4 as an appetizer and 2 as a main course
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Tuna Poke
  1. 8 ounces sashimi grade yellowfin tuna , diced into 1-inch cubes
  2. (Ahi can be used but it is stringier than the yellowfin as it has a lot of white sinew running through the flesh)
  3. 1 sweet onion such as Maui, Walla Walla or Vidalia, diced
  4. 1 small seedless cucumber such as Japanese or Persian, diced
  5. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  6. ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar (you may not want it at all so taste the dish first then start with a small amount and add to taste)
  7. 1-2 teaspoons Japanese Togadashi (a mixture of chili pepper, sesame seed, seaweed, sugar and spices and can be found at any Asian grocery store such as 99 Ranch) or cayenne pepper (again, this is a spicy mixture so use a little at first, then add more until you achieve the desired spiciness)
  8. 1 teaspoon sesame oil or hot chili oil, or more, to taste
  9. 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or more to taste if you like things a bit saltier)
Avocado Pico di Gallo
  1. 2 ripe avocados, diced
  2. 1 large or 2 medium ripe and flavorful tomatoes, or one basket of grape or cherry tomatoes, diced
  3. ½ white onion, chopped fine
  4. One small jalapeño, green or red, seeds and white membrane removed, chopped finely (optional – don’t use if you don’t want the dish to be spicy)
  5. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  1. Make the Pico di Gallo by gently mixing together the avocados, tomato, chopped white onion, chopped jalapeno (if using) and chopped cilantro in a bowl.
  2. Next, make the poke by gently mixing the first 8 ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. Place 2 or 3 spoonfuls of the Pico di Gallo in a clear glass, such as a martini glass or a wine glass, for the maximum “Wow” factor, and top with 3 to 4 spoonfuls of the tuna mixture. There should be more tuna than avocado/tomato mixture in the glass, say 2 parts tuna to 1 part tomato.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips (Salsa Poblanos), some lemon slices, and Togadashi or cayenne on the side for anyone who wants a little more kick.
Farmers Market Shopping List
  1. 8 oz. yellowfin tuna
  2. 1 sweet onion
  3. 1 white onion
  4. 1 small seedless cucumber either Japanese or Persian
  5. 2 avocados
  6. 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes
  7. 1 bunch cilantro
  8. 1 jalapeno
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