I do not do boring salads in my house. Rabbit food? No thank you.
Salads are absolutely wonderful things when done right. They’re a celebration of raw textures and ingredients in their pure form. They’re fresh and they’re energising. Salad can get a bad reputation for just being a food to punish yourself with… but we don’t do negative food thoughts here.
For me, a good salad needs two things: great texture and consistent flavour. When the ingredients of a good salad work together, a salad is a glorious thing. But when those ingredients are hard to all get on your fork at once and you’re left with a mouthful of plain leaves… well, that’s when salads start to feel a bit sad.
This smoked salmon chopped salad is such a joy to eat; it is packed full of goodness and of course so much flavour. Salad does not have to be boring!
Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad Recipe
Chopped salad is such a simple concept and yet it will transform your love for salad in general. The trick is to, quite simply, take some time to prep your ingredients so that they are all small uniform sized pieces and mix them together before serving.
By doing this, your chopped salad becomes much more scoopable and promises flavour in every bite with all ingredients happily mingling together. I find chopped salads so enjoyable – it makes the perfect lunch.
Smoked salmon is one of my favourite foods, and so needless to say I absolutely love smoked salmon chopped salad, teamed with creamy avocado, crunchy salad vegetables and a light dressing.
- Butter head leaves
- Plum tomatoes
- Smoked salmon
- Flat leaf parsley
- Lemon and avocado oil to dress
There are no measurements noted here because salad is about measuring with your heart. Adjust ingredients to suit your personal tastes (love onion? Go wild! Or perhaps add just a hint if you’ve got a face to face meeting looming) and adapt quantities whether you’re making lunch for one or preparing for others too.
Use a sharp knife to chop all of the ingredients into uniform pieces. A good chopped salad works because all of the ingredients will make their way onto your fork easily, so aim for quite small pieces so this can happen.
Add your ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Drizzle with some avocado oil and a good squeeze of lemon and then served your smoked salmon chopped salad.
Smoked Salmon Chopped Salad
- Chopping board
- 1 Butter head leaves
- 1 Plum tomatoes
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Onion
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Smoked Salmon
- 1 Flat leaf parsley
- 1 Lemon juice and avocado oil to finish
- Use a sharp knife to chop all ingredients into small and uniform sized pieces.
- Add the ingredients to a bowl and mix to evenly combine.
- Drizzle with avocado oil and lemon juice and serve.
- Optional: add a little natural yoghurt drizzled on top to finish.
Serving suggestion: natural yoghurt
I think a touch of yoghurt atop a smoked salmon chopped salad not only looks really pretty (I’m all about eating with my eyes) but also adds a lovely tang that compliments the richness of the smoked salmon.
Alternative serving: cooked salmon
Smoked salmon is one of my favourite foods and I think it brings such fantastic flavour and a nice oily element to this chopped salad. However if you aren’t a fan of raw or cured fish then you could either cook the smoked salmon in a frying pan with a little oil before serving, or you could even serve with a regular salmon fillet that has been flaked after cooking and mixed in.
Salad needs some substance if you aren’t going to turn ravenous again within 30 minutes of eating it. This smoked salmon chopped salad is packed with protein and healthy fats from the salmon and avocado. And so despite being a light meal it is lovely and filling.
More chopped salad ideas
Here’s some more flavour combos that you might just love.
- Classic chicken ceasar: add pieces of roasted chicken for extra flavour – a great way to use up leftovers from a previous dinner.
- Greek style: add feta, red onion and olives.
- Goats cheese and pear: beautifully rich and juicy
- Pork and apple: another great option for using up leftover meats from a roast.
- Roasted veg: cut courgettes, carrots and aubergine into uniform cubes. Drizzle with oil, plenty of balsamic and minced garlic and roast. Add a sprinkling of goats cheese to the salad to finish with a tang.
- Applewood and peach: a wonderful combination of smokey cheese and juicy fruit. These two are great friends!
- Fruit salad: this works great for dessert too and the chopped salad style makes your fruit salad look so pretty. Pair with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
If you love the sound of this smoked salmon chopped salad then I think you’ll also like these ideas for light lunches.
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