This gluten and dairy free Smoked Salmon Salad with Quinoa & Pomelo is delicious and super easy to make. Great for entertaining or as a light lunch.
The pomelo season is coming to an end so I’ve been trying to make the most of this delicious fruit while I can. Today on the blog a refreshing Smoked Salmon Salad with Quinoa & Pomelo. This salad is bursting with flavour, from sweet to savoury to zesty and tangy. It’s also super nutritious and very easy to put together.
Prepping the pomelo
Pomelos have a very thick rind and tough, bitter membranes so they have to be peeled a little differently from other citrus fruit. You basically need to remove all the membranes and use only the pulp. But this is not difficult to do as the pulp holds its shape quite well so it won’t disintegrate or turn into mush as you are peeling the fruit.
Once you’ve removed the rind and membranes break up the pulp pieces to get a crumbly consistency.
Healthy smoked salmon recipe
If your New Year’s resolution is eating healthier than this quinoa smoked salmon salad is ideal. It has no added sugar or ‘bad’ fats, only the ‘good’ ones (avocado, rapeseed oil, pistachios and salmon), fruit and fibre. It also contains healthy plant protein (i.e. quinoa), which makes this recipe light yet satisfying. This recipe is also dairy and gluten free so it’s suitable for people with food allergies.
This salad is easy to adapt
I’ve used cayenne pepper in this smoked salmon recipe but you don’t have to. You can make it as spicy or mild as you like. My choice of herb is cilantro but freshly chopped parsley or Thai basil would work well too. If you aren’t keen on pistachios try using toasted cashews or pecans. I recommend using a mild tasting oil so any good vegetable (or peanut) oil will work. I don’t recommend using olive oil as it can be a little overpowering in a salad.
Easy smoked salmon salad
This smoked salmon salad recipe is very simple and easy to make especially if you cook the quinoa ahead (you can keep it in the fridge for a few days). This salad contains distinct and sharp tasting ingredients (such as the smoked salmon and the pomelo) the dressing is very basic – just some oil and lime juice. So once you’ve prepared the pomelo and the quinoa assembling the salad will take minutes.
Enjoy this wholesome delicious salad while pomelos are still here!
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Smoked Salmon Salad with Quinoa & Pomelo
- 1/3 pomelo crumbled (peel and membranes removed)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa you will need about 1/3 raw quinoa
- 150 g smoked salmon chopped
- 1 large or 2 small avocado peeled, deseeded, cubed
- 4 tablespoons coriander finely chopped
- 1/3 cup pistachios roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 5 tablespoons good vegetable oil I used cold pressed rapeseed
- Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
- Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions (this takes about 15 minutes). Set aside to cool.
- Combine all the salad ingredients (including the quinoa once cooled), stir thoroughly, adjust the seasoning and serve.