Monday 16 September 2013

Smoked Salmon Salad with Honeyed Mustard

Why yes, yes, this is indeed another salad recipe...however, it is an awfully tasty one! This light meal salad merges bright colours, rich flavours and delicious protein to make a filling, nutritious and decadent salad. In my opinion the summery crisp crunch of fresh romaine marrying the smoky salmon is the perfect way to celebrate the transition between summer and autumn. In this salad you'll find poetry of texture in the velvety softness of the salmon which is complimented by the luscious mouth-feel of mustard and honey. Couple this with the tang of red onion and the woodsy crunch of roasted walnuts and I daresay you have an easy but decadent light supper ahead of you! 

*Caution, this recipe was winged so all quantities listed are approximate, bear with me though, you can't mess it up! Follow the approximations and feel free to let go a bit, if you taste each element of the salad separately you should be able to gauge about how it's meant to taste together, one tip? Better to sweeten less than get to it!


For the Salad:
-Half a romaine lettuce washed and dried
-1 slice of red onion, cut into long strips
-About 30g of smoked salmon
- 1 Handful of roasted walnuts (you can roast walnuts in a preheated oven on a rack at 350 for 3-5 minutes, let them cool completely before using)
-1/2 small garden cucumber

-1/2 tsp honey
-1 tsp dijon mustard
-dash of rice vinegar
-sprinkle of dried parsley

1) Cut onion and soak in cold water
2) Tear romaine into bite sized pieces, peel cucumber and combine
3) After about 5 minutes, add the onion to the lettuce alongside the salmon and walnuts
4) Make the vinaigrette, coat the salad and season liberally with coarse black pepper

Sadly when I took the photo I had no walnuts, however, if you would like some briny taste to your salad feel free to add some capers!

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