Jill Dupleix's salmon and avocado dish is a gorgeous summer combo, with tangy grapefruit juice
- 2 ripe grapefruit (red looks pretty)
- lemon juice, if needed
- 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large ripe avocados
- 2 bunches of watercress
- 1 tbsp olive oil for the salmon
- 4 skinned salmon fillets, each about 140g/5oz
MethodCut the grapefruit between the membranes into segments. If necessary, add lemon juice to the grapefruit juices to make it up to 2 tbsp.Whisk in the extra virgin olive oil, then season with sea salt and pepper. Toss in the grapefruit segments.
- 400g sweetcorn kernels, boiled, then drained (or use 2 x 198g cans)
- 4 spring onions, chopped
- 50g green bean, chopped into 1cm pieces
- 1 red chilli (deseeded if you don't like it too hot), finely chopped
- large handful coriander leaves
- 100g self-raising flour
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 85ml milk
- 2 small avocados, diced
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 250g jar Tracklemans chilli jam
- Put the sweetcorn, spring onions, beans, half of the chilli and coriander, the flour, eggs, milk and seasoning in a large bowl. Mix together, then set aside. Mix the avocado with the remaining chilli and coriander, the lime juice and some seasoning, then set aside.
- Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Spoon in 6 mounds of the corn mixture, a little spaced apart. When browned on the underside, turn over and cook for a further 1-2 mins, then transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve the cakes with the avocado salsa and chilli jam.
- 3½ kg whole salmon (ask your fishmonger to clean and gut it)
- olive oil, for greasing
- 1 small onion, very thinly sliced
- 4 bay leaves
- 20g pack dill
- 6 tbsp dry white wine
- 3 ripe avocados, preferably Hass
- 200ml mayonnaise
- zest and juice 1 large lemon
- ½ cucumber, peeled, deseeded and diced
- bunch watercress, lemon wedges, thick cucumber slices, fresh dill (optional)
- Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Put the salmon on a large sheet of oiled extra-wide foil (this will stop it from sticking later). Put the onion, bay leaves and half the dill in the body cavity, spoon over the wine, season with salt and black pepper, then loosely bring the foil round the salmon and seal well to make a parcel. Lift onto a baking tray, then bake for 2 hrs. Take from the oven, then leave to cool for about 10 mins, still in its parcel.
- Meanwhile, whizz the flesh from the avocados (with a hand blender or in a food processor) with the mayo, lemon juice, zest and seasoning. Tip into a bowl. Chop the remaining dill, stir in with the cucumber, then transfer to a serving bowl. Chill for up to 3 hrs.
- Unwrap the salmon, then strip away the skin and fins. Personally, I don’t take the skin from the bottom of the fish if I am serving the salmon warm, as you risk breaking the fish up as you turn it over. It is more robust when it is cold, so in this case remove the skin from both sides. You can leave the head on or take off at this stage. Carefully lift onto a platter, then garnish with watercress, cucumber, lemon wedges and dill, if using.
- To serve, remove the fish in chunky fillets. When all the fish has gone from the top fillet, remove the onion and herb flavouring, pull away the bones, then remove portions of the bottom fillet, leaving the skin behind. Eat with the avocado mayo, warm buttery new potatoes, and salads or green beans.
- 2 large fennel bulbs
- 6 ripe tomatoes
- zest and juice 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
- 100g black olives, pitted
- 1 tbsp capers, drained
- 600g piece salmon fillet, skin on and scaled (ask your fishmonger to do this)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 x 20g packs flat-leaf parsley, leaves roughly chopped
- If you are lucky enough to get a fennel bulb with fronds, pick them off and keep them. Trim the fennel; then, using a mandolin or a very sharp knife, slice it as thinly as possible. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, and have a bowl of iced water ready. Tip the fennel into the pan, leave for 30 secs, then lift into the iced water with a slotted spoon.
- Roughly chop the tomatoes. Put a sieve over a large bowl and squeeze the seeds and juice from the tomatoes with your hands. Get rid of the seeds but keep the juices ready to make the dressing. Add the lemon zest and juice, olive oil and a good pinch of salt to the tomato juices and stir well. Drain the fennel well and add to the bowl along with the olives, capers and the tomato flesh. Mix well, then set aside.
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cut the salmon into 4 fillets, rub well with the vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a griddle or frying pan with an ovenproof handle, then cook the salmon, skin-side down, over a medium heat for 7 mins. There may be some smoke, but what is important is that the salmon is well charred so it has a bitter, crisp bottom and the flesh is sweet, soft and almost translucent inside. Now pop the salmon into the oven, still skin-side down in the pan, then roast for 3 mins until just cooked through.
- Roughly chop the parsley and mix through the salad. Serve the salad on plates, then carefully lift the salmon from the pan and sit it on top, skin-side up. Drizzle with a little more extra virgin olive oil and tuck in.