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Salmon & Asparagus Salad

Hearty and filling, this delicious salad looks almost too good to eat.

Salmon & Asparagus Salad

Serves 8-10

24 asparagus spears
60ml (¼ cup/2 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
2 leeks
300g (10½ oz) oyster mushrooms, large ones torn in half
6 eggs, soft boiled
4 x 300g salmon fillets, skin on and pin-boned
100g (5 cups/3 ½ oz) spinach leaves
100g (5 cups, loosely packed) rocket leaves
small handful dill sprigs
2 tbsp capers, drained

Dressing

160ml (2⁄3 cup/ 51⁄4 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
80ml (1⁄3 cup/2½ fl oz) lemon juice

Trim the asparagus and then cut each spear in half width-ways.

Trim the leeks, wash well and cut into 1cm (½in) rounds.

Tear any large oyster mushrooms in half.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Place the asparagus on a roasting tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

Roast for 10 minutes, shaking the tray occasionally, until the asparagus is tender. Meanwhile, combine the leeks and mushrooms on a large baking tray in a single layer, drizzle with the remaining oil and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and tender. Set the vegetables aside.

Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat the hotplate of a barbecue or a char-grill pan to high then place the salmon, skin side down, on the hot plate. Cook for 5 minutes then turn the fish over; and cook for another 3 minutes or until cooked through but still pink in the middle. Place the fish on a large plate and leave to cool slightly.

For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Scatter the spinach and rocket leaves over a large serving platter.

Using your fingers, break the salmon into 3cm (11⁄4 in) pieces, discarding the skin and bones. Scatter the fish, vegetables, dill sprigs and capers over the leaves then drizzle with the dressing.

Peel the eggs and tear in half and place on top then serve.

This is an edited extract from Good Life & Great Food by Judy Phillips.

All profits from the sales of the book go to The Black Dog Institute. Available from select book stores and www.judyphillips.com.auImages by Louise Lister.

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