Tuna poke

Sushi grade: Heiwa on Lexington regularly serves tuna poke, a classic Hawaiian dish that’s perfectly cooling for the summer. Photo by Micah Mackenzie

Poke (pronounced “poh-kay”) is a Hawaiian comfort-food dish that traditionally involves raw tuna. It's a simple appetizer that requires a reputable seafood source and little more than good knife skills. Don't feel like handling raw fish? Heiwa regularly serves their own version of the classic cold dish on their menu, which they serve as part of a lunch box with rice, salad, wakame and mung bean sprouts on the side. Here's our interpretation of our favorite summer bento-box star (http://www.heiwashokudo.com):

1 pound sashimi-grade tuna
Small red onion, halved, then julienned or minced
1 to 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, low sodium (light)
Dash of toasted sesame oil
Handful halved cherry tomatoes
1 ripe avocado, cubed
Hawaiian sea salt
1 green pepper, halved then thinly sliced
Sesame seeds to garnish

Cut tuna into 1/2-inch cubes and season with salt. Toss with remaining ingredients and refrigerate until time to serve.

Possible (and optional) additions to taste:
Thinly sliced jalapenõs
Dash of rice wine vinegar
Squeeze of yuzu
Cilantro
Ground white pepper
Red chili flakes

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