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Fresh Poke and Avocado Salad

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I couldn’t leave Hawaii without posting a Poke recipe (pronounced Poh-Kay). Everywhere you look you’ll see this awesome fish snack and every poke maker will tell you his or hers is the best brah!

Fresh poke and avocado salad

I used to think only ahi tuna was used for poke but you can poke away to your hearts content using shrimp, salmon, scallops, octopus and even mussels. I’ not sure how the traditionalists feel but I just don’t equate scallop poke to dreams of Hawaii. For me it’s ahi or nothing. Wait…I did break one small rule of poke tradition by adding an avocado but in my book avocados have free reign to be added to anything so an avocado salad is totally allowed.

I wish it could have been an awesome California avocado but not here on Oahu, at least it was locally grown and that thing was almost the same size as Quinn’s head! I told him this in the store and he kept putting it in front of his face and telling me “Look dad, I’m an avocado”.

Chunks of ahi tuna in this avocado salad

Making poke is so simple. The hardest part is finding a decent piece of fish, I was lucky and picked up a sweet looking deep crimson piece at a farmers market for a great price. I seared half, and between Quinn and I we dusted that thing off in about two minutes keeping the other piece for the poke.  Once you find your fish I bet you have the rest of the ingredients in your kitchen already, maybe just needing some green onions. You could just eat the poke by itself with a chilled beer and your feet stuck in the sand, but I mixed it with some greens to bulk up our lunch. This was my reasoning for adding the avocado too. I like salads that require little work and can help clean out the fridge at the same time.

My time here on Oahu is almost over, It’s been a blast and I’d like to get one more post done. Anyone have a favorite I missed that they’d like to see?

Ahi poke and avocado salad ready for the beach

Ahi Tuna Poke
Serves 6
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. 1 pound sashimi grade ahi tuna
  2. 1/2 cup green onion, chopped finely
  3. 3 tbsp soy sauce
  4. 1 tsp sesame oil
  5. 1 tsp chili sauce, I used Sriracha
  6. 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  7. 1 large avocado, diced
  8. 1 bag mixed salad greens
  1. Cut the tuna into small cubes and transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. Add the green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce and sesame seeds.
  3. Mix well making sure the fish gets evenly coated.
  4. Add the avocado and salad greens and gently mix through trying to keep the avocado in it's cube shape and coating the greens with the ahi dressing.
  5. Place on individual plates and serve at once with some crispy won-tons (optional).
Adapted from A Spicy Perspective
Foodness Gracious


  • Love this! Any excuse to eat ahi with some avocado and greens…this is my definition of a perfect meal.

    So simple, thanks for sharing your preparation~

    May 09, 2013
  • Great salad, I love the crispy wonton idea!

    May 09, 2013
  • Awesomeness in so many ways going on here!

    May 09, 2013
  • Um! Yes! I love this!!

    May 10, 2013
  • I absolutely LOVE salads like this! So fresh and so clean, clean.

    May 10, 2013
  • I could have enjoyed this every day! Looks absolutely delicious.

    May 10, 2013
  • And I thought poke was something you did to someone else on Facebook ;)

    May 10, 2013
  • Sad to see your time drawing to a close in Oahu…but SoCal’s not too shabby to return home to!

    Pics of the beach, island, ‘life’ shots; that’s my vote for your last post!

    May 11, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Your right Averie, SoCal is a great place to return too, especially today as it’s like a monsoon here in Oahu :(

      May 12, 2013
  • Liz

    Oooh, I love ahi and it looks fantastic in your poke salad. I also agree with your about avocados…mmmmmm….

    May 11, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Liz, seriously when is an avocado a bad thing?

      May 12, 2013
  • What a pretty salad! I love all the flavors!

    May 11, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Steph :)

      May 12, 2013
  • These flavors sound fabulous together, as does your break to Hawaii! Thanks so much for sharing.

    May 12, 2013
  • If I could pick one thing to eat for lunch for the rest of my life, it would be that.

    May 13, 2013
  • I think that’s the same kind of avocado I grew up with in FL. I’m just assuming though because I have no idea how big Quinn’s head is. GREG

    May 13, 2013
  • Love this recipe! Brings back memories of my Hawaii trip last summer… if only it would ACTUALLY bring me back there, too ;)

    May 13, 2013
  • I make something very similar to this on a regular basis. Totally delicious.

    May 13, 2013
  • i could just eat avocados all day long and I love them in a salad so this is just perfect!

    May 15, 2013
  • Anything with avocado is good for me. This looks fantastic!

    May 20, 2013
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    June 25, 2013
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