Toasted sesame oil transforms a humble staple like canned tuna into an elegant supper. We love the crunch of napa cabbage in this salad, but romaine lettuce would also work if you happen to have that on hand.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010


Recipe Summary

25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk vinegar (or lemon juice), canola oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and ginger in a small bowl.

  • Combine 3 tablespoons of the dressing with tuna, peas and scallions in a medium bowl.

  • Divide cabbage among 4 plates. Mound one-fourth of the tuna mixture (about 1/2 cup) in the center of each plate and garnish with radishes, cilantro and sesame seeds. Drizzle with the remaining dressing (about 2 tablespoons per salad) and season with pepper.


People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 10.9g 22% DV; carbohydrates 9.2g 3% DV; dietary fiber 2.5g 10% DV; sugars 3.9g; fat 15.6g 24% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 14.8mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 1837.5IU 37% DV; vitamin c 47.2mg 79% DV; folate 16mcg 4% DV; calcium 133.6mg 13% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 26.1mg 9% DV; potassium 160mg 5% DV; sodium 385.8mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV; added sugar 2g.

Reviews (6)

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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
This was an excellent - restaurant quality salad. The only changes I made were to eliminate the cilantro use albacore (canned) tuna and substituted romaine lettuce for Napa cabbage. Napa was just too expensive. Romaine worked just fine. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Even my very finicky 11-year-old LOVED this recipe. She actually cleaned her plate! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I absolutely loved this. Made it with less sesame oil than called for - to my taste a little sesame oil goes a long way. I also made it for one cutting everything into one-fourth amounts except for the sesame oil and ginger (used less than one-fourth.. just a few drops of sesame oil). Also I had broccoli slaw on hand and spinach so used a combo of that instead of the napa cabbage. Quick and nice change of pace from same old-same old tuna salad. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Wonderful as written but easily adapted Everyone in my family including my 8 year old loves this recipe. It is a frequent dinner when the weather is hot. The salad is forgiving of substitutions or forgotten ingredients. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quick and easy lunch I saw this recipe and wanted to make it on the spot. I didn't have napa cabbage or snow peas so I used some shredded carrot and regular green leaf lettuce. It was great and I didn't think the amount of sesame oil was overpowering (disclaimer - I do love sesame). I'm sure it would be delicious with the other ingredients as well. Though I made it at home and ate it right away for lunch I think it would travel well. Pros: Uses ingredients I had on hand easy to make Cons: Can't really think of any Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I really liked this but my husband wasn't crazy about it (I think the sesame flavor was too strong for him). I went with a Romaine/red cabbage mix since that is what I had on hand. Turned out great. Quick colorful and healthy. Would make an excellent lunch on the go. Read More