Light and zippy, this seared salmon salad from the Vitality HealthyFood Studio is just what we need on a hot summer’s day.

Serves: 4, Preparation time: 40min, Cooking time: 20min

For the pickles

45ml rice wine vinegar
20g sugar
40ml water
Large pinch of salt
3 large radishes, cut into thin slices
2 stalks of celery, cut into long thin strips

For the salad

4 small cucumbers, thinly sliced lengthwise into ribbons
Small bunch of coriander
Small bunch of basil
1tbp sesame seeds, toasted
4 spring onions, halved
1tsp canola oil
300g salmon or trout portions
15ml canola oil
5ml sesame oil

  • To make the pickles: season the radishes and celery with salt and set them aside for 5 minutes. Combine the vinegar, water and salt in a small pot and bring to the boil. Rinse the radishes and celery under water to remove the salt and dry well. Pour the boiling pickle mixture over the radishes and celery, and allow to cool. Place in the fridge to pickle for about 30 minutes.
  • Combine the herbs and the sliced cucumber and set aside in the fridge.
  • Coat the halved spring onions with 5ml of canola oil.
  • Warm a griddle pan and grill the spring onions until they are slightly charred.
  • Warm another pan to high heat and add the rest of the canola oil. Season the salmon and sear it in the pan, skin side down first. Turn the salmon after about 5 minutes and cook for a further 3 minutes on the other side. It should still be pink in the middle.
  • For the dressing, combine the sesame oil with 3 teaspoons of the radish pickling liquid.
  • To plate the salad, start with the salmon and place the pieces of fish on the platter. Place the herb and cucumber mixture over and in between, then add the pickles and spring onions.
  • Garnish lastly with the toasted sesame seeds and dress the salad lightly.
  • If you enjoy chilli, a few thin slices of red chilli will not be out of place on this dish.
  • The salad is best if the fish is still warm.