Smoked fish arugula salad is a very simple yet suitable for special occasions salad. Choosing an elegant yet uncomplicated salad course to serve for a holiday dinner will make your task easier. As with all simple recipes, the quality if the fish, the arugula and the olive oil used is what makes the salad. The secret is to season the arugula while mixing it by hand in a separate bowl and then transfer it to the serving plate and cover it with the smoked fish. You can use smoked salmon, smoked tuna, smoked trout or smoked kingfish, here I am using smoked sailfish from the Indian Ocean which is locally produced and very delicious. You can also chose to serve this smoked fish arugula salad in individual plates.
2 bags of arugula
200g smoked fish, thinly sliced
drizzles of olive oil
For the vinaigrette:
2 Tbs lemon juice
6 Tbs your best olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
pinch of black pepper
Make the vinaigrette by combining all ingredients in a jar and giving it a good shake.
Assemble the salad: Wash and dry the arugula using a salad spinner if necessary. Transfer it in a mixing bowl, add as much of the vinaigrette as you like (I use it all) and mix well with your hands, making sure every leaf is seasoned. Try to adjust the seasoning. Then using your hands again transfer the salad to a salad platter or divide it between the individual salad plates and cover with the sliced smoked fish. Add an extra pinch of sea salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Serve with a few lemon wedges and toasted baguette.