Seared Ahi and Avocado Salad…plus 8 Summertime Dinners on the Panini Press

by on July 17, 2013

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If there ever was a time to pull out your panini press – or Foreman grill or any other tabletop grill – it’s right now, in the middle of July, in the thick of the summer heat! Let the panini press be your secret weapon for making dinner without having to turn on the oven or stand over a hot outdoor grill.

My new Seared Ahi and Avocado Salad recipe is one of 8 Summertime Dinners on the Panini Press I’m sharing with you today. Bookmark this one – we’ve still got a lot of summer left to go!

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First, let’s talk about this Seared Ahi and Avocado Salad. It’s inspired by one of my best friends who doesn’t consider herself to be much of a cook but is the queen of our local takeout scene. A favorite order of hers is a seared ahi salad that’s been tossed in ginger vinaigrette with goodies like avocado, edamame, roasted red bell peppers, and greens. With the tuna on top (seared on the panini press in just 90 seconds!) it’s substantial enough for dinner, but it’s still light and cool for summer. I love it!

I’ve got lots of great ideas for making summertime dinners on the panini press – a few of my favorites (in addition to today’s salad) include:

Stay cool…and happy grilling!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cookin Canuck July 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

What a fantastic idea to use the panini press to sear tuna. That never would have occurred to me! That’s even more reason for me to take the leap and buy a good panini press (reason #549).
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2 Kathy Strahs July 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I’ll give you reason #550 – I mentioned you in my book!! 🙂


3 Colleen July 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

What a pretty plate! Looks delicious!


4 Kathy Strahs July 18, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thanks, Colleen!


5 Ash- foodfashionparty July 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I love my Foreman Grill, i believe it was one of my best purchases.
Your dish looks so good, especially when we don’t wanna slave during summers.a


6 Robin Bennett July 21, 2013 at 3:42 am

Kathy, this looks really good. I might have to get my husband to make this for me.



7 Nessa July 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I just love fresh Ahi tuna! Yum 🙂


8 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective July 23, 2013 at 4:19 am

Genius, Kathy! This salad looks amazing! 🙂
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9 Nutmeg Nanny July 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Yum! This, my husband would thoroughly enjoy 🙂 it looks so flavorful!


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