CopyCat Buckeye RoadHouse Tuna Salad

CopyCat Buckeye RoadHouse Tuna Salad

One of my all time absolute favorite restaurants in Mill Valley is The Buckeye Roadhouse. I go there a couple times a week for both lunch and dinner. I crave their Ahi Tuna Salad and must have it minimum once a week. One night friends were common over and so I decided to try and recreate it.

The ingredients are fairly simple: red and green cabbage, scallions, crispy fried wontons, strips of raw red peppers black & white sesame seeds, pickled ginger and seared Ahi Tuna. For the dressing I used Rice Wine vinegar, Soy Sauce, Sesame oil  a little sugar and sricha and…a dab of mayonnaise! My friends that I was cooing for were highly skeptical of this move. Highly skeptical..

So I set out to make it. My 1st setback came when the grocery store had no WonTons to fry. Hmmmm…..but they did have Lasagne noodles. Ok that’ll do. Next I found a beautiful piece of tuna gathered up the rest of my ingredients and went home to see what would happen.


Well I have to say it was amazing!! Nothing short of fabulous! It is probably a very different dressing than what The Buckeye uses but the flavors were there and it tasted spot on! Success!

For the Salad:

  • 1/2 a green cabbage
  • 1/2 a red cabbage
  • 2 scallions chopped green and white parts
  • Crispy fried wontons -I fried a lasagne noodle and it worked fine
  • Sliced red peppers
  • Slices of pickled ginger
  • 1 thick slice Ahi Tuna-measure according to how much you want per person
  • Black and White Sesame Seeds

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Sesame oil
  • 1 Tsp sugar
  • 1Tsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tsp Mayonnaise-Don’t omit!

Assemble the salad

  • Chop both cabbages
  • Slice red peppers
  • Chop Scallions
  • Fry Wontons or Lasagne noodle
  • Pat Ahi Tuna with a generous amount of both black and white sesame seeds
  • Place cabbages and peppers in a large bowl
  • Add sliced ginger
  • Sear Tuna until just the outsides are brown and the inside is still very rare
  • Slice Tuna and add to cabbages and other ingredients

Make Dressing:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Shake well to emulsify.

Pour some dressing over salad and sprinkle with more Sesame Seeds and serve.








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