For the spice-lovers in your group we offer a recipe for a sensational hors d’oeuvre that will have mouths watering. Tuna poke is dressed in harissa, a red pepper spice blend from North African, and a smattering of fresh red chilis. Then is set atop a crunchy red chip for opposing texture.

This bite will make you look like a top chef, yet is so simple to create. Of course, make sure to get the freshest sushi-grade tuna, by buying superfrozen—remember to start defrosting at least 5 hours before the party.

To add an interesting finish to the tuna, sprinkle hibicus salt from Junior Merino’s line designed for rimming cocktails, it adds even more red tones, and super flavor to the tuna. This recipe is part of our strategy for creating a buffet in the colors of the rainbow. Rainbow Shortcut for the red category: order tuna sashimi from your local Japanese spot, chop and doctor with spices.

Other red foods to consider: watermelon, apples, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, beets, red bell peppers, cocktail sauce, tomato chutney. See our picks on PINTEREST for more fantastic rainbow party ideas and recipes.



3/4 LB Sushi at Home Yellowfin Tuna
2 TB kosher salt

Set the tuna in a bowl with 1 quart of water and salt for 5 min. Rinse. Pat dry with a paper towel, then wrap in a fresh paper towel. Allow to defrost in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours.


1/4 tsp harissa
1 LB sushi–grade ahi tuna, finely chopped
1 tsp sesame oil
2 red chili peppers, small dice

Toss ingredients together. Refrigerate for 1 hour so tastes merge.


tuna poke
red tortilla chips
Junior Merino red hibiscus salt, for garnish (optional)

Place a small spoonful of the tuna mix on top of a tortilla chip. Finish with a sprinkling of hibiscus salt, if using.

Get the full spectrum of colorful recipes for our rainbow party in 15 Rainbow of Food