Juicy watermelon and soy-marinated Ahi tuna with cucumbers makes a delicious, light, summer salad appetizer or first course when you need a dish to impress!

Ahi Tuna Watermelon Salad

Refreshing seasonal watermelon replaces seared ahi tuna in this creative, flavor-packed vegan dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Marinate50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ahi tuna salad, ahi tuna tartare, Ahi Tuna Watermelon Salad, Tuna watermelon salad, watermelon salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 217kcal


  • 1 lb. Sushi-grade tuna
  • Tbsp. Soy sauce, or GF soy sauce, coconut aminos for Paleo or W30
  • tsp. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. Grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp. Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • ¾ tsp. Minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. Minced garlic
  • tsp. Red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups Watermelon, half-inch cubes
  • 1 Persian cucumber, sliced 1/8-inch thick with mandolin, rolled tight
  • 1 Shallot finely sliced, for garnish
  • cilantro or cilantro micro greens for garnish


  • 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.
  • In a medium bowl whisk soy sauce, lime juice, oil, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour over tuna, add salt to taste at the very end. Marinate at least 45 to 50 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • To serve, grab 4 plates, divide the tuna and place a few watermelon cubes around, add cucumber and garnish with shallots and cilantro.


Serving: 1/4, Calories: 217kcal

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories217
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 5.5g 9%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
  • Cholesterol 44mg 15%
  • Sodium 429.5mg 18%
  • Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 8g
  • Protein 29.5g 59%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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