Smoked salmon & avocado salad
A perfect combo of flavours and textures
1 loaf ciabatta
2 small avocados, stoned and sliced
2 handfuls mixed fresh herbs, leaves picked
1 punnet cress, snipped
2 tablespoons mixed seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and poppy seeds)
1 blood orange, halved
extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
200 g smoked salmon, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger
For me, a good salad is a combination of many different textures and tastes – soft, creamy and crunchy, sweet and tangy – and this salad has it all. Buying good-quality smoked salmon is essential, though, so do yourself and your guests a favor and don’t go for the cheap stuff!
Heat a griddle pan until it is screaming hot – this will take about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the ciabatta in half lengthways, then cut into four equal-sized pieces, about 10–12cm/4–5 inches square.
Place the sliced avocado in a bowl and squeeze over some lemon juice to stop it from discoloring. Using a speed peeler or potato peeler, slice the cucumber into long, thin strips on top of the avocado. Add the herbs and cress.
Lightly toast the seeds in a dry pan on a medium to low heat, and place to one side to cool. Squeeze a tablespoon of juice out of the blood orange into a bowl, and add 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Season it well and give it a mix.
Griddle your ciabatta squares in the griddle pan, charring both sides. Once they are nicely toasted, drizzle with a little of the dressing and put to one side. Place a square of ciabatta on each of four plates, then top each with a quarter of the smoked salmon.
Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the dressing over the salad and very gently mix with your fingertips. If you feel it needs more dressing, add a little extra, but try not to go overboard – you want it to be very light. Top the smoked salmon with the salad. Finish your delicious starter with a sprinkling of toasted seeds, using half a tablespoon per plate, and garnish with a wedge of blood orange.
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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
Calories 460 23%
Carbs 34.9g 13%
Sugar 3.7g 4%
Fat 24.2g 35%
Saturates 4.1g 21%
Protein 22.6g 50%
Of an adult’s reference intake