Tuna Avocado Tartare

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Tuna and avocado are dressed in a zesty lime dressing to make a no-cook first course.

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Adapted from Martha Rose Shulman.

Tuna Avocado Tartare

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4 (as a substantial appetizer or light main course)
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:25 minutes


  • 1 pound sushi grade yellow fin tuna, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 avocado, cut into 1/4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper


  1. 1

    Place onion in a small bowl and cover with cold water. Let onion sit for five minutes then drain and pat dry.

  2. 2

    In a large bowl, combine avocado, garlic, onion, capers, and lime juice.

  3. 3

    Add tuna to bowl and toss gently to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle tartare with cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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