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Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers

Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers – Here is a nice easy summer salad, Mediterranean inspired. It would be simple with canned tuna, but we are using grilled albacore tuna.  

Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers

The NY Times recently had an insert in their Sunday food section about summer foods. One Times-inspired recipe was for Tuna Salad with Hot and Sweet Peppers (Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers). However, their recipe calls for canned albacore tuna. I’d rather grill some fresh tuna for two reasons.  

Grilled Tuna Salad

First, I think grilled tuna will give a much better flavor to the salad. Second, I have a freezer full of Albacore Tuna from Sitka Salmon that I need to cook. If you don’t have a grill, you can certainly cook it on the stovetop, for 1-2 minutes per side.  

I was toying with the idea of roasting the bell peppers in this recipe, but I decided against it. Letting the sliced bell peppers sit with vinegar and salt for a few minutes gives them a pickled taste without removing their crispness.   Here is the link to the NY Times recipe for Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers.

Difference between Albacore and Ahi Tuna

The two most popular types of tuna are Albacore and Ahi Tuna. We’ll explain the difference. One of the main differences between Albacore and Ahi Tuna is their fat content. 

Ahi Tuna has a higher fat content and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Ahi Tuna, known as yellowfin tuna, is a large tuna found in tropical waters. It has a rich flavor that makes it great for grilling or searing. Ahi Tuna is used in sushi and sashimi dishes.

Albacore Tuna, what we call white tuna, is a smaller tuna found in more temperate waters. It has a milder flavor than Ahi Tuna. Albacore Tuna is usually what is found in canned tuna.

So, we are using albacore tuna for our Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers recipe.

We chose Albacore for this Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers recipe, because of its milder flavor. And I had a freezer full of Albacore, so the choice was easy.  

Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers

Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers

Here is a nice easy summer salad, Mediterranean inspired. We are using grilled albacore tuna
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tuina
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 160kcal


  • Grill – gas or charcoal


  • 2 Albacore Tuna filets
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 red orange, or yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 hot green chili such as serrano, seeded, thinly sliced
  • tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 celery stalks chopped.
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced


  • Marinate the Tuna – In a small bowl, combine honey and mustard.
    Marinade for Tuna Salad with Peppers
  • Rub tuna with mixture and let marinate at room temperature, 10 minutes.
  • Toss the peppers and the chili with the vinegar and salt in a large bowl.
    Peppers for Tuna Salad
  • Let peppers sit for 10 minutes.
    Let Peppers sit for 10 minutes
  • On a preheated grill, Grill tuna until grill marks appear, 1-2 minutes on each side, leaving tuna rare inside.
    Grill Tuna to Medium Rare
  • Cut each steak across the grain into 1/4-in.-thick slices. (Cut into more bite sized pieces if you like)
    Sliced Grilled Tuna
  • Add the celery, grilled tuna, and chopped parsley to the peppers.
    Avocado added to Tuna Salad with Peppers
  • Toss until everything is well mixed, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
    Tuna mixed with Peppers
  • Add avocados as desired on the salad
    Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers 2
  • Serve immediately or you can refrigerate for up to 2 days.



Serving: 305g | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 1211IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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4 thoughts on “Grilled Tuna Salad with Peppers”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I use Sitka, too! My tuna would probably be more rare! And I wonder what this would be like with raw tuna?!!

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