Salmon and rocket pasta salad


First published in 2016
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This pasta salad recipe is quick and easy to make. Without too much difficulty you can make a healthy dish that can be served as an appetiser or a main course, depending on the occasion.

Pasta salad is an excellent option for the whole family, and is great for using up ingredients in the pantry and fridge. In this recipe, the addition of homemade lime mayo adds interest – making your own is really easy, and takes no time at all. Enjoy!




Salmon and rocket pasta salad

Lime mayonnaise

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice, freshly squeezed (or vinegar)
  • 1 tsp mustard, of your choice
  • 355ml of grapeseed oil, or other flavourless oil
  • 1 pinch of sea salt, good quality
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 tbsp of parsley, chopped
To make the lime mayonnaise, separate the egg yolks from the whites. Reserve the whites for other recipes
Pour the fresh lemon juice into the blender, then add the egg yolks and blend well to combine
Slowly add the oil, a few drops at a time, keeping the blender running constantly. The mayonnaise should start to thicken after a few minutes. Now pour the oil in a slow and steady stream to incorporate into the mix
Once all of the oil is incorporated into the mayonnaise, it should feel thick and fluffy. Add the lime zest and parsley, blend for a second then season to taste with sea salt
Add teaspoons of water to thin to a desired consistency if the mayonnaise looks too thick. It will keep in the fridge in a covered container for 3 days
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Cool completely before making the salad
To prepare the salmon, cook the fillet in a steamer for 8–10 minutes, depending on the thickness. The fish should reach 145°C internally when measured with a digital thermometer. Reserve
Wash the rocket leaves and leave to dry over a clean tea towel for 2 minutes. Distribute half on a serving dish and reserve the other half
Mix the cold pasta with 2–3 spoonfuls of the lime mayonnaise, the rest of the rocket, the spring onion and parsley. Place on top of the rocket leaves and check for salt
Cut the avocados in half, remove the stones and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Brush them with lime juice and distribute them over the dish
Flake the salmon, cut the tomatoes in half and scatter them over the pasta salad. Serve immediately
First published in 2016
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