Recipe: Salmon and Avocado Tartare

I love food. And I love it when is simple, no frills and makes the best of fresh clean ingredients. Over the week, it was an honour to be able to meet MasterChef New Zealand winner Nadia Lim in person, watched her cook smack before our eyes and tasted her cooking too.

Nadia was in town to promote the New Zealand Week 2014 happening in town. She's definitely the right person. Check out her blog and Facebook for more updates on clean eating. Meeting her in person, she's definitely an epitome of clean eating. Bubbly, friendly and fun...that's Nadia Lim in person and you pretty much see her character in her recipes too.

One of the recipes that I loved for its simplicity and taste would be the Salmon and Avocado Tartare. A nice change to my usual beef tartare. I can't help but am totally amaze that Nadia did a good job of working her culinary skills with the whole salmon that she sliced from scratch. 

Recipe: Salmon and Avocado Tartare (Serves 4 as an entrée)
300g fresh salmon fillet, skin removed and pin-boned
1 ½ tablespoons chopped capers
2 tablespoons finely minced shallot
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives 
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
Juice of 1 lemon
Flesh of 2 firm ripe avocadoes, diced into 1cm cubes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
flaky sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To serve
Crispy crostini or lavosh crackers
Beetroot relish (Maison Therese)

• Using a sharp knife, finely dice the salmon into approximately 0.5-1cm cubes. 
• Mix diced salmon with capers, shallot, chives, dill, and lemon zest together. This mixture can keep in the fridge for up to 4 hours until you are ready to serve. 
• When ready to serve, mix with lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, avocado and flaky sea salt and black pepper, to taste. 
• To assemble, divide mixture evenly and pack into 4 small ramekins, timbale moulds or tea cups. Press mixture down gently, but firmly, with the back of a spoon. Invert each tartare onto individual plates. Serve with crostini or lavash and a little bit of beetroot relish on the side. 

Simple, quick, delicious and absolutely healthy in 10 minutes! You can also do the same. Swing by to the grocers and grab some New Zealand (clean) goodness that you can whip out easily at home. Stay tuned as I will also be sharing a couple of recipes using some New Zealand groceries that I have stocked up at home:D

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