NZ King Salmon Quinoa Salad

40 minshere
Cooking method: Pan-fry

NZ King Salmon Quinoa Salad

40 mins
Cooking method: Pan-fry



  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 600g NZ salmon fillet (skin on preferable)
  • 2 lemons, juice & finely grated zest
  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 6 red radishes, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup watercress, picked leaves & tips
  • ½ cup celery, thinly sliced + middle leaves from the bunch
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ small radicchio (could substitute with a small red lettuce), ripped into small pieces
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced

Seafood used

Cooking method

To cook the quinoa

  1. Using a fine mesh strainer rinse the quinoa under fresh running water for a few minutes & allow to drain.
  2. Place the quinoa in a saucepan & cover with the water, bring to the boil & allow to simmer for approximately 15 minutes, stirring regularly. Remove from heat, & reuse the strainer to drain the water. Run briefly under cold water to cool & stop the cooking process. Place the cooled quinoa in a mixing bowl.

To cook the salmon

  1. In a heavy based fry pan place a small amount of cooking oil & bring the pan up to a medium to high heat. Place the salmon into the pan skin side down (even if not using the skin continue the same method).
  2. Allow the salmon to cook two thirds through, then turn the heat off the pan, turn the salmon & allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat & allow to cool.
  3. Reserve any salmon oil from the pan & allow to cool, this will be used to dress the salad.

Finishing the salad

  1. Dress the quinoa in the bowl with the lemon juice, olive oil & reserved salmon oil & season to taste.
  2. Add all other ingredients except the salmon & gently mix to combine the ingredients evenly.
  3. Place the quinoa salad into your chosen serving bowl.
  4. Using a fork, flake the salmon into chunky pieces, if you have cooked with the skin on (which should be crispy) then with a knife rough chop the skin & sprinkle it over the salad.
  5. Place the flaked salmon pieces on top of the salad & serve.

This recipe serves 4-6 people.

Image and recipe courtesy Nurtured Seafood