Smoked trout and winter veg salad

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So you know we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day but did you know there is a day commerating the donut.  In fact, I bet this is something you guys don’t know and I didn’t know until I joined twitter world.  Did you know that practically every day of the year is assigned to commerating a different food.

I shit you not – there is Ice-Cream Day (in fact there is also an Ice-Cream Month, it’s July), Zucchini Bread Day and even a National ‘Pizza Day With The Lot Except Anchovies’.  I’m being serious, the more bizarre the food, I bet you $5 there is a day to celebrate it.  There is even a day (May 11 just in case you’re wondering), officially celebrating ‘Eat What You Want’ day.  What the?  I officially celebrate that day every day! (cue dad joke)

Who assigns these days? That my friends, seems to be a mystery.  I wonder if I could just pick a day and say today is National BBQ Shapes day? You know what, I’m just going to do it.  I assign next Tuesday September 25th, National BBQ Shapes Day and today….today is National Smoked Trout Salad with Winter Veg Salad Day.

Smoked trout and winter veg salad

Serves 2 for dinner

what you need:

  • 1 large fillet (approx 250 g (8.5 oz))  of hot smoked trout
  • Couple of bunches of baby beetroot, I used baby golden and red (or substitute with 2-3 larger beetroot), trimmed of root and stalk
  • 1/2 bunch of kaledsfsfsdf
  • 4 or 5 chat potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baby capers
  • 3 tbsp dill leaves
  • 2 tbsp seed mix (pepitas, pine, sunflower)
  • 4 tbsp greek or natural yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

what to do:

Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F.  Wrap the beetroot in foil.  If they are large, wrap them individually but if they are small then you can put them together.  Roast for about 45 mins to 1 hour depending on size.  A knife should slide in relatively easy if they are cooked. When cool enough to touch, peel the skin from the beetroot and cut into bite sized wedges.

Remove the central stem from the kale and cut or tear into bite sized pieces.  Place in bowl and drizzle with about 1 tbsp olive oil and juice from 1/2 lemon, season with salt.  Leaving the kale to sit in a dressing while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.  The dressing will soften the leaves making it more pleasurable to eat.

Boil the potatoes and when cooked, drain and halve or quarter depending on size.  I leave the skin on but feel free to peel it off before boiling if you like.

Make the dressing by mixing the yoghurt, buttermilk, garlic together.  Drizzle some olive oil in (approx 1 tbsp) and mix until combined.  If the dressing seems too thick to drizzle over salad, then thin it with a bit of water.

In your serving platter/bowl.  Arrange the potato, beetroot, kale and smoked trout.  Sprinkle with the capers, seeds, and dill and when you’re ready to serve, drizzle with the dressing.  Don’t put too much as you want to see the gorgeous colours of the salad come through.  You can serve extra dressing at the table if people want to put more on.


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  • Whorrified

    Beautiful pretty gorgeous. I don’t even LIKE fish and I would eat this!

  • justonecookbook

    Gorgeous salad! The colors just pop up and I love the contrast between green and red/pink. I rarely make salad that has fish although we love eating fish! This sounds really delicious and I’m saving this to try. Thank you Julia! 🙂

    • Hi Nami-san, thank you for stopping by. Yes the colours of this salad are really beautiful and would make for a really lovely lunch dish if you had people around. I hope you enjoy this!

  • Kiran @

    There’s “days” for everything! But nothing compares to how delicious and beautiful this salad is.

    • Hi Kiran, what a lovely message, thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy making it. Not only is this salad beautiful to look at but its tasty and healthy too, the trifecta!

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