Smoked Salmon Starter

I hesitate to call this a recipe for a smoked salmon starter! It is actually more of an assembly, so really fast convenient and yet….looks so pretty!


Benefits of Smoked Salmon & Salad

Salmon is an oily fish and so a good source of protein and omega 3 and in this iteration is sitting atop some other great nutrients. Rocket is a natural digestive enzyme and its peppery taste is just delicious for anyone who thinks that salad leaves are boring. It also contains folate, calcium and vitamin C.

Cucumbers are not only hydrating but contain vitamins K, Bs & C and other minerals. Tomatoes contain lycopenes, potassium vitamins Bs & E. A little side note about lycopene, it gives tomatoes their bright red color and helps to protect them from the UV rays of the sun. So, it also helps to protect our cells from damage.

Olives are good sources of healthy fats, Vitamin E and other antioxidants. Capers are slightly salty and a good source of nutrients including vitamin K, copper and the antioxidant compound quercetin. A little sauerkraut on the side to add some fermented fabulousness for our hard-working gut bacteria too. Finally, I have to mention the liver and lymph loving lemon, which also contains vitamin C.

Smoked Salmon Starter Assembly Line

Ingredients Per Serving

  • Rocket – big handful
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Halved Baby Plum Tomatoes X 2
  • Capers Dessertspoon
  • Pitted Olives X 3
  • Sauerkraut Tablespoon
  • Olive Oil x 2 Tablespoons
  • White Wine Vinegar X 1 Tablespoon
  • Oregano Dried X 1/4 tsp
  • Celtic Sea Salt X 1 Flake
  • Black Pepper X 2 Twists
  • Garlic X 1/4 Clove Minced (Optional)
  • Lemon Wedge


  • In a big bowl, add the olive oil, white wine vinegar, oregano, salt, black pepper and optional garlic. Mix well until combined
  • Add the rocket into the bowl and coat with the dressing
  • Place the coated rocket on a plate
  • Arrange the tomatoes, olives and cucumber around the edge
  • Gather some salmon slices and twist on top
  • Spoon the capers over the salmon
  • Add spoonful of sauerkraut to the side
  • Finish with the lemon wedge

Both the rocket and lemon are natural digestive enzymes, so this is a great starter and not too heavy. The anti-inflammatory and gut healthy components work well together, but of course you can play around with the ingredients and add different vegetables or dressings.

The dressing on the rocket is key though, to really getting your taste buds going. This is a link to an alternative dressing using balsamic vinegar.

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