Seared tuna salad with guacamole and soy dressing

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    For the tuna
    450g tuna fillet
    1 tbsp olive oil
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    For the guacamole
    1 large, ripe avocado
    6-8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
    Half a red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    2 spring onions, trimmed and sliced
    1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
    1 lime
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    For the soy dressing
    2 tbsp soy sauce
    2 tbsp water
    1 spring onion, trimmed and finely sliced
    Half a red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    tsp wasabi powder


    1. Heat a ridged griddle pan over a medium heat. Meanwhile, rub the tuna fillet with a little olive oil and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    2. Sear the tuna until it is cooked on all sides but the centre is still raw. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    3. For the guacamole, peel and remove the stone from the avocado and chop into small chunks. Place in a bowl along with the quartered tomatoes, chopped red chilli, sliced spring onions and fresh coriander. Squeeze the lime juice over the mixture, then season with salt and black pepper. Mix gently.
    4. Combine ingredients for the soy dressing in a small bowl.
    5. Thinly slice tuna and arrange on plates with a small scoop of guacamole on each. Pour the soy dressing over the top, garnish with any leftover coriander and serve immediately.

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