Life is full of contrasts – Lentil and marinated smoked salmon salad
La vie est pleine de contrastes – Salade de lentilles et saumon fumé
It’s quite a fun way to eat lentils…lentils are very versatile and I think not popular enough especially since they’re highly nutritious. I have rarely seen them in restaurants other than in soups. In France they’re considered rustic, something you would eat during winter and with smoked sausage or meat. I like them with smoked fish like salmon or trout, it tones down the smokiness of the fish (if the fish is too smokey like my salmon, actually this salmon was too smokey and salty). Here I like the combination of a hearty rustic ingredient with a more elegant and refined one. I have always loved contrasts. They’re unexpected, interesting and always leave you a feeling of wanting more.
Lentils and spinach are among the ingredients French kids have a hard time eating, if you ask any kid in France what they don’t like to eat, they’ll probably say, j’aime pas les lentiles et j’aime pas les épinards! but obviously I don’t want to make this a generality.
You can also combine fresh salmon with smoked salmon, then you would need to cut both salmon in cubes. Here I striped the salmon since I only used the smoked kind.
For the lentils
- 200 g lentils du Puy
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 onion
- 1 celery stick
- 1 clove
For the lentil vinaigrette
- 1 tbs hazelnut or walnut oil
- 1 tsp cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp whole grain mustard
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1 tbs parsley, finely chopped
- salt and pepper
For the salmon marinade
- 4 large slices of good quality smoked salmon, cut in strips
- 1 orange
- zest of 1/2 orange
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dill, chopped
- 1/4 tsp fennel pollen
- 1 tsp capers, chopped
- Piment d’Espelette
In a pot of water cook lentils with clove, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf and salt and cook until lentil are tender but not mushy. Drain and remove the cooked vegetables from the lentils and set aside. In a mixing bowl, prepare vinaigrette mixing all ingredients together.
Cut salmon in stripes, mix all ingredients of the marinade and pour over the salmon. Mix well to coat the salmon. Let it marinade in the refrigerator for about one to two hours.
Place a small amount of lentil salad in the middle of a plate (you can use a rind to mount the salad) and top with some salmon stripes. Drizzle some extra marinade on top.
This entry was posted by silvia on September 25, 2011 at 6:10 am, and is filed under Appetizers, Fish/Seafood, Salads. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0.You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.
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Is it me or have you not been blogging lately? Anyway, it’s delightful to see you posting! You’re always guaranteed to come up with something inventive AND delicious, and this is certainly no exception.
Love the combination—one of those that are unexpected but yet clearly ‘right’. I love smoked fish (salmon, trout, whiting, whatever… and I guess I was a strange kid because lentils were my favorite. Pasta e lenticchie was my very favorite pasta dish and I used to beg my grandmother to make it for me. (And I liked spinach, too, in fact if it had lots of cream in it!)
This sounds like an incredible contrast to me! I love the pairing of regular salmon and lentils, but smoked salmon? Now you’ve got me hooked!
We grew to love lentils a few years ago. Now, we eat them quite often! They are so nutritious and affordable. Very tasty too! Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe, my friend. I hope you are having a bountiful Sunday–good food, good company. Much love from Austin and many blessings!
I love lentils and am always trying to find newer ways to prepare them. This sounds wonderful, since I adore smoked salmon, too! Thank you
What an interesting combination – i would never have thought of pairing lentils with smoked salmon, but I guess why not! I too like interesting contrasts! Congratulations on makign it to the top 9!
Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!
I love lentil. So healthy and so good! Congrats on the top 9!
Not real big on lentils. I do make them every once in a while but this does look good. Never thought of putting them with smoked salmon. Interesting combination. Congrats on the Top 9.
Ha! I posted a salmon and lentil dish too.
This sounds delicious. We are huge fans of smoked salmon.