Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad (gluten-free, soy-free, low carb) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

The combination of juicy watermelon, marinated zesty ahi tuna, and fresh cucumber in this Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad makes for the perfect light and refreshing summer salad or meal starter!

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad (gluten-free, soy-free, low carb) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I am so excited to share a few fabulous recipes, along with a recap, from our Hampton’s blogger retreat I co-hosted last month! I shared the Frosè last week, and this week I am sharing this amaing salad. We hired Chef Renee Blackman,  A seasoned talent with experience in the culinary industry,

Hamptons Retreat Chef Renee BlackmanPhoto by Raul Velasco of Alejandro Photography

For one of our dinners, we decided to stay in and we hired Chef Renee Blackman, a super talented chef who was also on Food Network’s CHOPPED! We knew she was the right fit and could make a creative, Instagram-worthy meal for us!

Hamptons Retreat Chef Renee BlackmanPhoto by Raul Velasco of Alejandro Photography

Chef Renee made us the most amazing meal, including this salad, and I knew I had to recreate it for all of you!

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad (gluten-free, soy-free, low carb) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad (gluten-free, soy-free, low carb) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Check out this amazing video she made of our special evening!

I made a few swaps to the recipe so it would be a perfect fit for all of you, plus I fried up those shallots with a new tip I learned to ensure they fry perfectly without burning!

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad (gluten-free, soy-free, low carb) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad

Preparation 10 minutes 2017-07-24T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 5 minutes 2017-07-24T00:05:00+00:00

Ingredients

Chili marinade

Everything else

  • 1 lb. sushi-grade tuna
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Using a very sharp knife, trim away any skin from the tuna fillet. Cut the tuna into 1/4-inch cubes and place in a bowl. Add the chili marinade ingredients, minus the chili paste, to the blender and emulsify. Mix in the chili paste into the marinade then pour onto tuna and add salt to taste at the very end.
  2. Use a mandolin (or a vegetable peeler) slice the cucumbers to be paper thin in the end result. When the cucumbers are sliced, roll them up and set to the side.
  3. Slice the shallots then and then fry them. To fry the shallots: Place 1/4 cup of avocado oil or oil of choice into a small saucepan. While the oil is cold, add in the sliced shallots. Bring to frying temperature (375ºF) and fry until golden. Watch often to avoid burning. Set aside on a plate lined with paper towel until ready to serve. *The key is not heating the oil beforehand.
  4. While the tuna is marinating, cut the watermelon into half-inch cubes (2 cups) and lightly season with salt t o the watermelon to bleed.
  5. Assemble: Add the tuna and place a few watermelon cubes, garnish with shallots and cucumber rolls, top with cilantro and micro greens.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Chef Renee Blackman

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

I love the warm weather. It seriously makes me so happy. Sunshine does some amazing things, my friends. I mean, I feel like all Winter I hibernated and now we’re BACK. Ya with me?

Like last night for example. We went into Boston and had the best dinner at Wink & Nod. The concept is really cool- it is essentially a rotating kitchen where every 6 month a new chef runs the kitchen and experiment with creative and bold dishes to pair with their cocktails. This month the Chef Patrick whipped up some amazing cuisine inspired by the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and many more. It was a seriously awesome night with some amazing #Boston bloggers (so so full). Love to the awesome Sarah from Sarahfit and all the talented ladies I met- Monica, Katie, and Becky!

So speaking of warm weather and fun Spring and Summer night’s out, let’s get the grill ready to go! I mean, I’ve fully taken advantage of the warm weather/no oven cooking the past few days. The absolute perfect refreshing side is this watermelon salad. Seriously. So perfect.

This watermelon salad is packed with the perfect warm weather flavors: Sweet watermelon drizzled with delicious olive oil, garnished with toasted almonds, bacon, mint, sliced red onion, and a sweet Basil Ginger Dressing. This will be a BBQ hit all summer long!

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

My blogger friends and I are back to bring you BBQ sides that are perfect all Spring and Summer long. You really cannot go wrong with these, they are all gluten and dairy-free and veggie-packed!

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad from Brittany of Eating Bird Food

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Healthy Asian Snap Pea Salad from Davida of The Healthy MavenASIAN-SNAP-PEA-SALAD-labelled

Pineapple Coleslaw from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds

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Sweet Potato Salad with Avocado Pesto from Taylor of Food Faith FitnessROUNDUP-2

Have 15 minutes or less? My watermelon salad is the perfect combination of savory and sweet, and screams SUMMER (okay, Spring).

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

 

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing

Preparation 15 min 2017-07-24T00:15:00+00:00

Ingredients

  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dash fine pink sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • Optional: 1/3 cup feta cheese (leave out for dairy-free & vegan)
  • Optional: 4 strips crispy bacon, chopped

Basil-Ginger Dressing

  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil

Instructions

  • In a bowl place cubed watermelon
  • Drizzle olive oil and sea salt over it
  • In a skillet over medium heat, toast almonds
  • Cook bacon using your desired method
  • Assemble the salad by adding your sliced onion, bacon, feta, almonds, and mint leaves
  • In a blender, blend dressing ingredients until smooth and drizzle over salad
  • Serve immediately
  • Recipe Notes

  • Serving size will depend on the size of your watermelon