© David Loftus
fresh smoked salmon and beetroot salad
I love this combination of flavours its really simple, so fresh and works every time. It takes just minutes to put together yet it looks amazing on the plate which is always a bonus. Its perfect for a quick lunch with friends.
Using a speed peeler, shave the beetroot into a bowl. Add the lemon juice, a small pinch of salt and pepper, a good lug of extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar then mix everything together.
Arrange the smoked salmon in waves over a large platter. Scatter over the watercress, followed by the beetroot slices, leaving any juices behind in the bowl. Finely grate the horseradish evenly over the beetroot then spoon the juices from the beetroot over the top. Sprinkle with an extra pinch of pepper then finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and let everyone tuck in. Serve with a lovely fresh loaf of granary bread on the side.
4 raw baby beetroot, scrubbed clean
juice of ½ lemon
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil
quality balsamic vinegar
200g good-quality smoked salmon
½ x 70g bag watercress, washed and spun-dry
2cm piece of fresh horseradish, peeled
a loaf of granary bread, to serve