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Poké Salad

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Poké Salad originated in Hawaii, then became a big thing in the United States and now is becoming trendy in Australia and other countries.

Change is here! People nowadays want healthy food, so let’s get to discover this kind of salad.

What is Poké?

Poké pronounced as “Po-Kay” is a staple seafood dish that originated from Hawaii with a Japanese influence.

Poké means to cut or slice, and this is what you will do to the raw fish of your preference.

Raw fish will be seasoned with local flavors such as sesame oil, soy sauce, and onions.

Add some vegetables or fruits for a healthier salad.

The Beginning of Poké Salad

According to Wikipedia,

Poké began with fishermen seasoning the off-cuts from their catch to serve as a snack.

Traditional poké seasonings have been heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. These include soy sauce, green onions, and sesame oil.

Others include furikake (mix of dried fish, sesame seeds, and dried seaweed), chopped dried or fresh chili pepper, limu (seaweed), sea salt, inamona (roasted crushed candlenut), fish eggs, wasabi, and Maui onions.

Other variations of poké may include cured heʻe (octopus), other types of raw tuna, raw salmon and various kinds of shellfish.

The traditional Hawaiian poké consists of fish that has been gutted, skinned, and deboned. It is sliced across the backbone as a fillet, then served with traditional condiments such as sea salt, candlenut, seaweed, and limu.

According to the food historian Rachel Laudan, the present form of poké became popular around the 1970s.

It used skinned, deboned, and filleted raw fish served with wasabi and soy sauce. This form of poké is still common in the Hawaiian Islands.”

How to Make a Poké Salad

The All Recipes website offers a great recipe for Ahi Poké salad so that you can enjoy making (and eating) your own Poké Salad at home.


  • 1¼ pounds ahi (yellowfin) tuna, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ¼  cup minced green onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lightly crumbled wakame seaweed (available In dried form)
  • 1 tablespoon ground roasted macadamia nuts
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 leaves iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (coriander) leaves, for garnish


Mix together the tuna, onion, green onion, ginger, seaweed, macadamia nuts, sesame oil, and red pepper in a mixing bowl.

Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for the flavors to come together.

Arrange the lettuce leaves on a serving platter, spoon the ahi poké on top, and garnish with the cilantro.


Be sure to use fresh or organic ingredients when making Poké salad.

You can also use a different kind of fish such as salmon in making the salad, or you can add octopus and tofu.

For dressing, you can also add some mayonnaise, and if you want it hot and spicy, you can mix it with chili sauce.

Now you can enjoy a healthy and fabulous salad!

Try making one and please tell us the outcome in the comments section.

Happy eating!

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