Guest Post: Spicy Salmon Salad

This guest post is brought to you by the fabulous Robyn Webb who has a way with words when writing about food that has me craving whatever it is she describing. After reading this post, you’ll probably want to hop on the next flight to Australia to try the Salmon Salad she writes about.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough (and so were my taste buds) to spend a few glorious weeks in the land down under, and besides being most impressed with their beautiful and iconic sights such as the Sydney Opera House and the take-your-breath-away Great Barrier Reef, the food in the land of OZ really bowled me over.  I’d say that when it comes to food, the Australians have it pretty much mastered.

My husband and I were privileged guests at the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and among the hundreds of foodie events, we had most fun at the Siam in the Laneway lunch.  Siam has a dining table at least a mile long (that’s about .6km in Australia speak) which was set up in what is known as a laneway (we call them alleyways, laneway sounds much, much prettier to me)in central Melbourne.

The lunch, a grand affair of a variety of foods from Southeast Asia , featured a spicy curry, a succulent minced pork atop a cooling watermelon wedge, delectable caramelized pork dish, and what turned out to be my very tippy top favorite, a spicy salmon salad.

While all the dishes were to be lapped up with much gusto, I found myself spooning and spooning the salmon salad into heaping mounds on my plate.  Yes – it was THAT delicious! The cool salmon mixed with a sweet, salty and acidic lime juice fish sauce dressing was just amazing! I have always held a point of view that a dish should lie with its origins and not be messed with, so I usually never attempt to recreate dishes when I dine out, but this salad was just too good for me to leave in Australia , so I simply HAD to bring it home.

So, please enjoy a taste of Down Under courtesy of the Siam in the Laneway lunch. A true “Fabulous Food Find” ~ I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!


1 pound fresh salmon, skin on
2-3 cups cold water
2 whole black peppercorns
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2/3 cup very thinly sliced cucumber, skin on
½ cup minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fresh minced mint
2 scallions, very thinly sliced


3 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp fish sauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1-2 tsp (or more if you desire) chili paste with garlic

fresh green leaf lettuce leaves
fresh lime wedges


1. Prepare the salmon: Add the salmon to a large skillet with a tight fitting lid. Add water to cover and toss in the peppercorns. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, cover and simmer until the salmon is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove the salmon from the water, place on a plate and let cool.

2. When the salmon is cool enough to handle, flake the salmon into medium sized pieces and add to a bowl. Add the red onion, cucumber, cilantro, mint and scallions and toss.


3. For the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and fish sauce until the sugar dissolves, Add in the oil, lime juice and chili paste. Add the dressing to the salmon and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for ½ hour before serving. Serve over lettuce leaves as desired and garnish with fresh lime wedges.


One Comment

  1. Posted June 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    This looks delicious! I love salads like this for summer.

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