Food and Wine Pairing Recipe of the Week – Fresh smoked salmon & beetroot salad

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Jamie Oliver is our inspiration today. He is the master of combining flavours and creating refreshing meals that are delicious and easy to prepare.

Fresh smoked salmon & beetroot salad

Fresh smoked salmon & beetroot salad

Fresh smoked salmon & beetroot salad: Image Credit Andrew Burton


  • 4 raw baby beetroot, scrubbed clean
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • quality balsamic vinegar
  • 200 g good-quality smoked salmon, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger
  • 35g watercress, washed and spun-dry
  • 2 cm piece fresh horseradish, peeled
  • 1 loaf granary bread, to serve


Using a speed peeler, shave the beetroot into a bowl. Add the lemon juice, a small pinch of salt and pepper, a good lug of extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar then mix everything together.

Arrange the smoked salmon in waves over a large platter. Scatter over the watercress, followed by the beetroot slices, leaving any juices behind in the bowl. Finely grate the horseradish evenly over the beetroot then spoon the juices from the beetroot over the top. Sprinkle with an extra pinch of pepper then finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and let everyone tuck in. Serve with a lovely fresh loaf of granary bread on the side.

Wine Pairing – Bald Hills Pigeon Rocks Central Otago Pinot Gris 2010

Serve it with our Bald Hills 2010 Pinot Gris. Drinking so beautifully now, this wine is deliciously bright, elegant and fresh and sings in harmony with the salmon in this dish.