Salad of Flaky Smoked Salmon & Avocado with a Pesto Vinaigrette

This makes a delicious starter which couldn’t be simpler.

Serves 8


  • 2 packets of flaky smoked salmon
  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 2 bags mixed leaves including some lamb’s lettuce and rocket, if you can get it
  • chopped parsley to garnish


  1. Peel and slice the avocado, sprinkling with lemon juice so that it keeps its colour.
  2. Put in a large salad bowl with the salad leaves.
  3. For the Pesto vinaigrette add two teaspoons of good Pesto to one table spoon of sherry vinegar and three or four tablespoons of Extra Virgin olive oil.
  4. Do not pour the dressing over the salad until immediately before serving, or your nice crisp salad will go soggy!
  5. When ready to serve, dress the salad with the pesto vinaigrette, stir well, and divide onto your eight plates.
  6. Flake the smoked salmon on top of the leaves and finally, season with salt (fleur de sel will make it even more delicious!) and freshly ground pepper.
  7. If you’re into coriander, a small amount of fresh coriander sprinkled on top is nice.