Smoked salmon & avocado salad

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 favour and don't go for the cheap stuff!

Nutritional Information (amount per serving)


Serves 4   Approx time: 20   Difficulty: super easy


  • 1 loaf ciabatta
  • 2 small avocados, stoned and sliced
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cucumber
  • 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
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 200 g smoked salmon, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger


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 discolouring. 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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