Add a touch of fine dining to your salad this summer

Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

If you’re looking for an alternative to BBQs and packed lunches this summer then why not try these smoked salmon salads for some posh nosh inspiration.

It’s sunny outside! Put your shorts on and get out there; this is the perfect time to get outside and make the most of the fine weather and the great British summer. Invite your friends over and enjoy tasty morsels and thirst-quenching beverages in the garden. Stray away from the BBQ and the garden party tea sandwiches and become more refined by serving your guests smoked salmon salads instead.

It’s good for you, so eat up! Salmon is a fresh water fish and is high in essential oils such as omega 3. A common delicacy, smoked salmon is often associated with canapés and served with cream cheese or lemon juice. Buy wild Scottish salmon where possible as it will make the following scrumptious salad ideas extra delicious:

Chilled salmon salad

There’s a lot of flexibility with this dish. Either poach, grill, or slightly fry a salmon fillet and wait for it to cool. Combine with celery, red onion, capers and fresh dill before chilling. This chilled salmon salad is a perfect light bite for long, sunny summer days.

Salmon, avocado and cucumber salad

As a warm salad, this recipe calls for skinless salmon fillets! Team with three avocados, a cucumber and mixed salad leaves. Garnish with a dressing of mint and lime for a refreshing zing.

Warm salmon salad

Mix your flavours with this mouth-watering dish! Take a cue from the classic surf ‘n’ turf and combine salmon fillets with sliced lean bacon for a modern twist on the salmon salad. Cook with ingredients such as King Edward potatoes, peas, beetroot, watercress and spring onions to tickle your taste buds! Dress with Dijon mustard for an extra kick.

Salmon and Rice Salad

Rice may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of tasty salads, but this recipe really works as a summer dish. Experiment with many of the flavours previously mentioned as well as flat leaf parsley and dill to make this long grain rice and salmon dish your own. Dressings made with red wine vinegar go particularly well with this meal.

Hot smoked salmon, beetroot, potato and horseradish salad

Use plain roasted salmon for this hot fish dish and bear in mind that your other key ingredient, horseradish, is a strong flavour and not everyone may like it so use sparingly. This is a great dish to use for dinner parties on summer evenings as it is more filling than a regular salad yet still feels summery and light.

Honey and mustard kiln roasted salmon, buffalo mozzarella and asparagus salad  Smoked Salmon perfect with pasta and salads

A simple smoked salmon salad for the novice chef: Throw all the ingredients, bar the salmon, in a pan and fry lightly for 45 seconds. Serve up and crumble the salmon over the top with a sprinkle of basil. So easy, yet incredibly tasty!

Thai salmon salad

If you feel like something more exotic or want to experiment then try this Asian inspired recipe – this is a good one if you’re preparing food in advance! Cook the salmon and leave to chill. Once cool, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Include foods such as bean sprouts, Chinese lettuce and sesame oil or ginger to create an authentic Thai meal.