Monday, March 9, 2009

Salad of Beets, Potatoes & Salmon



There is a reason Suzanne Goin's fabulous cookbook is called Sunday Suppers at Lucques.

It is because you can only make her complicated recipes on a Sunday, when you have all day to roast each individual vegetable, make 3 dressings and a marinade for one dish, and don't forget the chutney to accompany that pork roast you haven't even coated with the fresh herb mixture yet.

I love her recipes. Every one of them that I have ever made has come out delicious.
They are definitely for the person who loves to cook & spend the day in the kitchen. I guess that would be me.

She has this one salad in her book that I have made and loved, but on a Tuesday night after work I just don't have the time to make the herb mixture for the salmon, make the mustard dressing, roast some beets, peel some eggs, blah blah blah.



I used short cuts and adapted her recipe for a weeknight.

So here was life imitating art......I took the easy way out and the results were really great! This is a great salad to make if you have some leftover salmon.

PS Though I love Suzanne (who is nominated for a James Beard Award), NEVER TRUST A SKINNY COOK! (so they say!).

Salad of Beets, Potatoes & Salmon:

package of mixed salad greens
3 hard boiled eggs, cut into quarters
leftover cooked salmon (or a can of Bumble Bee Alaskan Wild Salmon)
fresh dill
8 small new or fingerling potatoes, cooked (roasted or boiled)
3 roasted beets (I used a package of Trader Joe's already cooked beets), quartered

Dressing: whisk ingredients in a bowl

1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 shallot chopped
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
6 tbsp olive oil
Maldon sea salt
fresh ground pepper

Arrange your salad greens on a platter and drizzle some of the vinaigrette on top of the greens.

Now arrange your quartered eggs, roasted beets and quartered potatoes on top of the greens. Coat your salmon with fresh dill and place in the center of the platter.

Drizzle the rest of your dressing over the platter. Serve room temperature.

See, with all the time I saved tonight, I can bake a cake!



16 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Don't you be baking a cake now that you've gotten your new diet off to a great start. The recipe looks inviting and healthy. stay with it girl!

kat said...

Do you need a cake after that luscious salad!?

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Teanna said...

Wow! Beets and salmon! A combo I would have never thought of, but that looks delicious!

Culinarywannabe said...

I never would have thought of combining beets, potatoes, eggs and salmon into a salad. Looks really beautiful though!

Maria said...

The salad looks divine! I like all of the flavors in this one!

LaDue & Crew said...

Oh that looks SO good! I am a beet nut, too.

5 Star Foodie said...

What an interesting combination of ingredients - sounds delicious!

Pam said...

My husband would love this salad - it has all of his favorite things in it. I am not a fan of beets (I wish I was) so I don't use them in my cooking. I should make this for him.

Lori Lynn said...

I have that cookbook! Got it when I went to the Foodbuzz dinner at AOC.
Your salad looks amazing!
YAY for beets! Love your shortcut! Those beets from Trader Joe's are excellent.
LL
P.S. You are reminding about the beet dish I made after that dinner, posted on 2.07.08, I think I will link it to my recent beet post, thanks Stace!

Dana Treat said...

I have that cookbook and am continually amazed by how complicated everything is. But also how delicious. If you haven't tried it already, make the green goddess salad. Super yum.

Sara said...

I LOVE this cookbook, it may even be my favorite cookbook of all time. I haven't tried this one yet, but everything else that I've made from the book has been delicious.

The Food Hunter said...

Looks like a great salad. I love those Trader Joe's beets.

noble pig said...

It's a perfect tribute to the mother recipe. Nice adaptation.

melissa said...

I need to buy it after making those Devil's Chicken Thighs last week. Sara up there remarked to me the same thing - that it's her favorite. But yes, the recipes can take time. I'm looking forward to trying some of the salads, this one for sure. Yum!

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