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Gin-cured salmon and avocado salad

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Gin-cured salmon and avocado salad
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times )

Gin- and chive-cured salmon

1

In a medium bowl, combine the salt, honey, peppercorns and chives. Set aside.

2

Brush the top of the salmon fillet generously with the gin.

3

Spread the cure mix over the top (flesh side) of the fillet, then wrap the fish tightly with plastic wrap. Place the salmon, skin side down, in a large baking dish or large, rimmed, non-reactive baking sheet to catch any juices.

4

Refrigerate the fillet until it is firm to the touch, about 48 hours (timing will vary depending on the thickness and size of the fillet). Uncover, rinse and pat dry. The cured salmon will keep up to several days, wrapped in dry parchment and refrigerated.

Sherry vinaigrette

1

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust flavoring and seasoning if desired. This makes a scant ¾ cup vinaigrette which will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 2 weeks.

Cured salmon and avocado salad

1

Quick-pickle the shallot: Slice the shallot into very thin rings. Place the rings in a non-reactive bowl, with enough vinegar to cover. Rub the vinegar into the rings, and set aside as you prepare the rest of the salad.

2

Remove the core from the frisee and gently tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl and add enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. Divide the salad among 4 to 6 serving plates.

3

Thinly slice the radishes on the bias. Place the radishes in the bowl and add enough dressing to lightly coat. Arrange the radishes around the frisee on the serving plates. Do the same with the avocado and sliced salmon. Drain the excess vinegar from the shallots and top each salad with a few pickled shallot rings.

4

Add the crostini to the serving plates if desired, and dot each plate with a little extra vinaigrette. Sprinkle over the chopped chives and serve immediately.


Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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