Saturday, 7 January 2012

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Salad

It has been a long slow cool start to summer in my part of Australia this year. The temperatures are starting to warm up finally and we can enjoy some salads, eaten outside in the evening. We enjoyed this one tonight. It went particularly well with a couple of glasses of champagne.

It's prepared in minutes, and totally non-cook. Always a bonus in the summer.

Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Salad

1/2 tsp low Gi sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1tblsp finely chopped chives
1 tblsp finely chopped dill
1/4 cup cream
1 piece hot smoked salmon, flaked
1/2 cos lettuce
1 telegraph (long) cucumber, thinly sliced

In a small bowl lend together the sugar, lemon juice, chives, dill and cream. Add the salmon. Toss to combine.

Arrange lettuce and cucumber on plates. Top with the salmon mixture.

Serves 2.

Adapted from a recipe in Marie Claire Fresh (Michele Cranston). The original recipe used smoked trout, which works very well too of course. The original recipe also salted the cucumbers, this step made them soggy in the final dish, and I preferred just using plain sliced cucumber to keep it crunchy. The original recipe called for watercress, but we couldn't find any this week so used cos lettuce instead. I imagine it would be very tasty.

Cream is of course relatively high in fat, so is low GI by definition. But there is only a small portion of cream per person here. You could substitute for it if you wanted to make it lower fat.

This post is linked to Weekend Cooking, a fabulous weekly meme at Beth Fish Reads.


  1. This does look great! It is winter over here now, but even so I don't mind a salad in my bento. I will pin this for later reference :)

  2. This looks like a perfect meal for me to make when the weather gets warmer as we are in the midst of winter now.

  3. This sounds wonderful. As soon as summer comes back around for us in the other hemisphere, I'm going to give it a try. One of the vendors at our farmers market sell smoked fish.

  4. This sounds delicious. I love the mix of chives and dill. I'm going to give it a try. I like a salad dinner year round.

  5. Yum! This looks so good. I love cucumber and I LOVE dill, so this sounds perfect!

  6. That's very pretty and sounds terrific for summer. I'm pinning it, too. (Thanks, Uniflame, for the idea -- Pinterest is still new to me and I'm not in the habit).
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  7. Winter here, too, but this gives me high hopes for summer. Agree about the salt with cucumbers. I love the taste but better just to season as you eat rather than with the dish. Mmmm!

  8. This salad looks so delicious and refreshing. I'm very fond of this combination of flavors.