Pan-Seared Salmon, Potato & Cucumber Salad

Perfect on a warm day,this dish is healthy and filling at the same time. It reminded me of a similar dish when I visited Germany. I tried different sauces: cottage cheese & mayo as on the picture below, or natural yoghurt and both are nice (although the yoghurt feels lighter).

Pan-Seared Salmon, Potato & Cucumber Salad - The Beginner's Cookbook Recipe
Pan-Seared Salmon, Potato & Cucumber Salad – The Beginner’s Cookbook Recipe

What you need:

  • A knife and a chopping board
  • A pot to cook the potatoes
  • A pan to cook the salmon
  • A small bowl to marinate the cucumber
  • A small bowl to prepare the sauce
  • A serving dish

Ingredients for 2 persons:

  • 4 to 5 potatoes
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • Half a cucumber
  • 5-6 gherkins
  • 200gr natural Yoghurt
  • 15gr chives
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper

Before you start:

  • Snip chives with scissors.

Ready to go?

  • Let’s start with the cucumber as it needs to marinate:
    • Peel the cucumber, halve it lengthways and using a tablespoon remove the seeds in the middle. Then slice it finely.
    • Put the cucumber slices in a bowl, and add: vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt.
    • Set aside and leave for at least 45min, stirring from time to time.
  • Now the potatoes: Peel them and dice them roughly. Steam them till tender (usually 20min). If you don’t have a steamer, boiling is fine too.
  • And then the salmon:
    • Pat the salmon dry with paper towels.
    • Dice the fish, add salt & pepper.
    • Add a bit of olive oil in a pan on high heat and cook the salmon till it browns (usually 4 minutes on each side).
  • And finally the sauce – mix in a bowl:
    • Yoghurt (or cottage cheese with a bit of mayonnaise)
    • Chives (use 2/3 and leave 1/3 to add on the salad at the end)
    • Salt & pepper
  • In a serving dish combine everything:
    • Spinach
    • Salmon
    • Potatoes
    • Cucumber (leave the marinade though)
    • Sliced gherkins
    • The remaining chive
    • The sauce

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