Now this is a lovely light, healthy and refreshing dish to counteract all the excesses of Christmas.
For Random Recipes this month, Dom asked us to make space for new Christmas pressies by choosing a cookbook to donate to charity and cooking a random recipe from it before giving it away. I did have a look at all my books but as we moved house this year, we had already done a massive clear out and the only books we had left were ones we really wanted to keep.
I did, however, remember that a friend of mine had been clearing out some of her old copies of Everyday Food magazine by Martha Stewart and had given me a great big bag of them. I had intended to go through them all and pass the ones I had finished with to another friend of ours. Well, it had been some time since I had passed any on to her so I thought I could use one of them for this challenge and get started passing on the magazines again.
The recipe randomly chosen was from Issue 51 of Everyday Food from Martha Stewart and I have changed it quite a bit. The original recipe can be found on the Martha Stewart website here.
Recipe - Poached Salmon Salad with Herb Dressing.
4 skinless salmon fillets
zest of 1 lemon, peeled into strips
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
sea salt and ground pepper
1 clove of garlic
200g creme fraiche
1 handful fresh tarragon leaves
1 handful fresh parsley leaves
1 packet of baby salad leaves
1/2 cucumber diced or handful cherry tomatoes, halved
1. Place salmon in a pan and cover with cold water. Add lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil over a high heat. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand until salmon is opaque throughout, about 15 mins.
2. In a blender, combine creme fraiche, lemon juice, garlic, tarragon and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and set aside.
3. Divide salad and cucumber/tomatoes over four plates. Top with poached salmon (leave whole or flake) and drizzle with dressing.