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    Hot-Smoked Salmon and Roast Beetroot Salad with Soured Cream and Dill Dressing

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    Hot-Smoked Salmon and Roast Beetroot Salad with Soured Cream and Dill Dressing

    If you don't want to roast your own beetroot, use ready-cooked roots (but not pickled beetroot), sautéing the halves or quarters in a little olive oil before serving. The flavour, though, won't be as intense or as sweet. Add boiled waxy potatoes to make the dish more substantial.

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes
    • Cooking time: 1½ hours for beetroot
    • Total time: 1 hour 55 minutes, plus beetroot 60 minutes 55 minutes

    Serves: 4 as a starter


    • Dressing
    • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 142ml carton soured cream
    • 2 tbsp milk
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
    • ½ tsp caster sugar
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped dill
    • 500g small raw beetroots
    • Olive oil
    • 320g hot-smoked salmon
    • 100g baby spinach leaves
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • Squeeze of lemon juice


    1. To make the dressing simply mix all the ingredients together.
    2. Taste and adjust the seasoning (you may want it slightly hotter or sweeter), then chill until ready to serve.
    3. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Trim the beetroots, leaving some of the stalk attached. Drizzle a little olive oil over them, wrap in foil, put in a small roasting tin and bake for 1-½ hours, or until tender.
    4. While still warm, rub or peel the skins off. The beetroot will stain your hands, so wear clean rubber gloves, or work with a fork and sharp knife. Cut the beetroot into quarters or halves, depending on their size.
    5. Break up the salmon into large flakes, or leave in individual fillets, as you prefer. Discard the skin.
    6. Toss the spinach with the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Divide between 4 plates, add the salmon and beetroot and drizzle over the dressing. Serve straight away.

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