Nigella Lawson’s Poached Salmon Salad

We spotted Nigella rocking a totally green listed Poached Salmon Salad recipe on BBC. Watch how she does it and get the recipe below.

Serves 2


2 x 180g portions of sock-eye salmon (or Trout in SA)

2 huge spring onions cut in half

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

1 whole lime

1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds

250g fresh watercress

A sprinkle of apple cider vinegar

1 ripe avocado


  • Place the fish portions in a deep heavy-based frying pan, skin side down.
  • Add the peppercorns, and enough cold water to just leave the top of the fish portions exposed to the air.
  • Squeeze in the juice of the lime and add a solid pinch of salt (maybe a teaspoon).
  • Bring the pan to a simmer or bubble and immediately turn the heat off.
  • Flip the fish portions and set the pan aside.
  • Pop the pumpkin seeds into a dry pan and let them cook on a medium heat until they pop, squeak and go a little bit brown before popping them into a pan to cool.
  • Now, remove the skin from the salmon and place them on a plate to cool.
  • Now make your salad – spread the watercress out in a bowl.
  • Scoop curls of avocado straight out of the skins onto the cress.
  • Then flake the fish into the bowl followed by the pumpkin seeds
  • Finally give the whole salad a glug of extra virgin olive oil and a crack of salt and black pepper

Jonno’s tip: If you go easy on the salt, that cooking liquor will make the beginnings of a fantastic broth.

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