Monday, July 7, 2014

Spicy Poke Salad

Yum

Spicy poke (pronounced poke-eh) topping a mixed green salad.


Spicy Poke Salad:  Spicy poke (pronounced poke-eh) topping a mixed green salad.



I love living in Hawaii.  We moved here a few years ago for my husband's job and I never want to leave.  Besides the obvious things that make Hawaii great (like the weather and beautiful scenery) I love the easy access to sushi and fish.  It's kinda funny, on the mainland you would never want to eat gas station sushi but here it's usually not bad.  Yes, the more expensive stuff is fantastic but I enjoy the reasonably priced fast food sushi too (it does exist, in the downtown area there are many little walk up sushi shops where you can get basic sushi rolls for under $10 and it takes only minutes to get your sushi).  I've even started having "fish Fridays" where I eat sushi for lunch on Fridays.

Spicy Poke Salad:  Spicy poke (pronounced poke-eh) topping a mixed green salad.

Poke is not really sushi.  It's sushi if you consider all raw fish sushi, but here it's a Hawaiian raw fish salad.  Usually poke is made with Ahi, which is yellow fin tuna, but I've been told that poke is just a term for how it's prepared and you can make poke with just about anything.  Basic ahi poke (I'm no expert) is usually cubed ahi sashimi marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil tossed with thinly sliced sweet Maui onions.  Poke is usually served as a snack or appetizer but I could eat it for every meal.  Most sushi places here also serve poke.  I love the traditional soy sauce based poke but once I found the spicy poke I had a new love.  The spicy poke I get is poke that is marinated in the spicy sauce that spicy tuna is made with.  I think it's some kind of mayonnaise based sauce with chili oil/sauce.  At my usual sushi place I can buy 6, 12, or 16 ounces of either regular or spicy poke.  It's great to bring to a party, as a football snack (or any sport), and a wonderful lunch.  Usually I just eat it by it's self but it's also great with rice and salad.  I've been trying to eat more salads lately so when I brought my poke home this time I put it on top of a salad.

Maybe one day I'll try making poke at home but for now it so easy and not very expensive to buy it.

Spicy Poke Salad:  Spicy poke (pronounced poke-eh) topping a mixed green salad.

Spicy Poke Salad


6 oz spicy poke
1 handful green lettuce
1 handful kale
1 handful shredded cabbage and carrots mix
2 mini sweet peppers, sliced
sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds
vinaigrette

Spicy Poke Salad:  Spicy poke (pronounced poke-eh) topping a mixed green salad.

Makes 1 salad.

Take one handful of lettuce, kale, and cabbage mixture (I keep these in separate bags in my fridge I usually prepare them over the weekend and they will stay fresh through the week, the cabbage and kale will usually stay fresh even longer.  You can use just lettuce or just what you have.  I like the different textures but they are not all necessary.  Instead of shredding the cabbage and carrots by hand try a prepackaged coleslaw mix.).

Toss the lettuce mix with about 1-2 tbsp vinaigrette.  (I used vinaigrette but the poke has enough sauce that you don't really need any. When I make this again I won't use any vinaigrette...it's up to you.).

Put the dressed greens mixture in a large salad bowl, add some sliced peppers, and spread the poke on top (I used all 6 ounces of poke but that turned out to be a lot, when making again I'll just use half the poke).

Lastly, sprinkle on toasted almond slices (gotta have that crunch).

Can be served with bread or rice.  Enjoy.

Spicy Poke Salad:  Spicy poke (pronounced poke-eh) topping a mixed green salad.



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14 comments:

  1. This looks wonderful, and something to try if I make it to Hawaii. My husband's grandpa is Hawaiian. He's passed away, but my husband has that heritage.

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  2. Thanks Julie. You should definitely try to make it out here sometime. It can be expensive but is well worth it.

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  3. That looks delicious! I'm so used to knowing poke as something that's made with banana, milk and arrowroot I didn't realise there was a completely different fish-based dish! Being in NZ we're closer and more knowledgeable of the Cook Island poke.

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  4. This looks wonderful! I am a huge fan of poke so I had to come and check yours out. Stopping by from Lou Lou girls. Would love it if you could come share tonight at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop (Tues 7pm EST)
    Blessings,
    Shari
    http://puregracefarms.com/2014/07/wonderful-wednesday-blog-hop-80/

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  5. Thanks Lisa. Eventually I'll actually make the poke myself. I've never heard of your banana poke so I'm learning something new too. I had to look up 'cook Island poke' it sounds delicious. it's interesting how pacific island traditional cooking can be so similar and so different. The recipe I found for Cook Island Poke uses an under ground oven 'umu' in Hawaii the same thing is 'imu'. I love learning about different cuisines.

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  6. Thanks Shari. I plan on linking to your party too. Eventually I'll try my hand at making poke.

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  7. Kim Daniels LewisJuly 14, 2014 at 4:48 AM

    This is making me hungry, yum! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. We love having you! We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. and let us see what you have been working on! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com

    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Thanks Kim and thanks for the party I linked up.

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  10. Thanks for the great party Miz Helen

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  11. This isn't what I expected when I read "poke salad." I know it as something made from pokeweed (although I've never had it...parts of the plant are toxic!). I never knew there was a fish poke salad. I like the almonds on top--I do have to have crunch!
    Thank you for sharing and thank you for teaching me something new!

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  12. Poke was new to me too when I first moved here. I think I know the poke weed you are talking about and I think my dad has said his mom cooked the leaves when he was growing up (he grew up in rural western NC).

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  13. I love this salad so much that I featured it at Saturday Night Fever this week! Sushi-grade tuna costs an arm and a leg around here, but I sure would love to make this myself!

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  14. Thanks Andi. It's too bad that tuna is so expensive because it's so good. Chef John @ Food Wishes made a tuna tartar and he said that it's possible to find frozen sushi grade tuna for a reasonable price an that it is perfect to use for raw dishes. Maybe that's an option.

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