Smoked salmon & avocado salad

A perfect combo of flavours & textures

Smoked salmon & avocado salad

Smoked salmon & avocado salad

Serves Serves 4
Time Cooks In20 minutes
DifficultySuper easy
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 439 22%
  • Fat 24.2g 35%
  • Saturates 4.6g 23%
  • Sugars 3.5g 4%
  • Salt 3.57g 60%
  • Protein 21.3g 43%
  • Carbs 37.8g 15%
  • Fibre 4.8g -
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 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
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.