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Appetizers, Fish and Shellfish, Salads

Smoked fish salad with honey and dill

Smoked fish salad with honey and dill
Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 8
  • 1 3/4 pounds smoked mackerel
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup finely diced peeled and seeded cucumber
  • 16 walnut halves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion, white and green parts
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh basil, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • Salt
  • 2-3 small red apples, quartered and thinly sliced
  • Chives
  • 24 walnut halves, optional, for garnish

Step 1Combine the salad: In a large bowl, coarsely shred the fish using your fingers, making sure to remove any pin bones. Stir in the onion, cucumber, chopped walnuts, green onion and basil.

Step 2In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, olive oil and honey. Whisk in the dill. Taste and season as desired with salt. To the salad mixture, add 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon dressing and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired.

Step 3Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Divide the salad into 8 portions, and form each portion into a ball. (The recipe can be prepared up to this point several hours in advance. Cover and chill.)

Step 4To serve, place a ball on a serving plate, and drizzle 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of the remaining dressing around the ball. Garnish the plate with a few slices of apple arranged in a fan-like shape and 3 walnut halves, if using. Garnish the top of each ball with chives. Repeat with the remaining salad balls and serve immediately.

Note: A tasty and far easier alternative to gefilte fish. May be made up to 24 hours in advance. Smoked trout can be substituted for the mackerel.


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