I had all the grand plans to take beautiful photos of the spring flowers in my sunny backyard and put these in this post to celebrate spring. But sadly today is just as the weather man predicted (why is he always spot on when it comes to dreary days?) and it is cold, rainy and miserable. What is lovely though, is right now I’m looking out the window at the dreary grey and seeing these very cute Pukekos running around in the rain just like its Christmas! For anyone who doesn’t know, a Pukeko is like a very brightly coloured, gangly looking chicken who love the wetlands. I think they are just adorable, they mate for life and even though they are wild, they are still so friendly that you can feed them by hand. Very cute. So at least my little Pukeko friends are liking this weather and celebrating spring.
I thought long and hard about the perfect dish to say hello to spring and decided on my Hot Smoked Salmon and Soba Noodle Salad. This dish is my attempt to recreate a delicious dish that a friend made for my sister-in-law and me about this time last year. I think the weather was much the same (I don’t know why I always expect sunshine this time of year then). She made this delicious salad and it was like spring and sunshine in a bowl! The perfect antidote for the weather and the perfect dish to eat again and again as the weather gets warmer. It’s hearty enough with the soba noodles to fill you up, but light enough to have for lunch or dinner on a spring day. The crunch of the cucumbers, green beans and radishes contrasts so well with the creamy salmon and dressing, as does the zingy lemon dressing with the rich hot smoked salmon. Perfection in a bowl! Not only is it delicious but also pretty healthy. I just learnt today that cucumbers are actually quite good for you and contain most of the vitamins you need every day. Salmon is also a superstar in the healthy food world. Full of long chain omega-3s, protein and a raft of vitamins and minerals which is great news for your brain (maybe I should be having seconds). I’ve only used a little salmon in the recipe because here in New Zealand hot smoked salmon is quite expensive (200g/7 oz for $15) but feel free to add more if it takes your fancy. I am very lucky because my husband was given a smoker for his birthday so he has become just a little obsessed with smoking things. We have had everything smoked, even hamburger patties! By the way, based on this experience My Little Larder does not endorse the smoking of hamburger patties! We still have a lot to learn when it comes to smoking, I am just in awe of the mouth watering food that is produced in the US with smoking. Yum yum yum! The restaurant Smoke in Dallas, TX is definitely on my bucket list.
Whether it’s dreary where you are just like me or a beautiful sunny day, this Hot Smoked Salmon and Soba Noodle Salad will definitely make you feel like winter is over and spring is finally here. Sorry I almost forgot, for my Northern Hemisphere friends, this is a perfect way to extend your summer just a little bit longer with a yummy, light and fresh salad!
Hot Smoked Salmon and Soba Noodle Salad
- 200 g soba noodles
- 125 g green beans halved lengthways and widthways
- 2/3 cup cucumber seeds removed and thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp dill roughly chopped
- 2 large radishes thinly sliced
- 200 g hot smoked salmon
- small handful of rocket arugula
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 lemon juice and zest
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the dressing
Lightly whisk together the mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice then season to taste.
For the salad
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add soba noodles, cook for 3 minutes then add the green beans. Cook for another 3 minutes or until the noodles are tender and the beans are cooked but still crisp. Rinse immediately under cold water in a strainer (colander or sieve) to stop the cooking process. Allow to drain.
In a large bowl toss together the noodles, green beans, cucumber, dill, radishes and rocket (arugula).
Divide salad between 4 bowls and flake the hot salmon on top. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.
If you are gluten-free be sure to read the packet of the soba noodles and be sure to only get ones that contain 100 percent buckwheat. Some contain wheat flour.
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