Smoked Salmon & Escarole Salad with Meyer Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette & Crunchy Dukkah

Smoked Salmon & Escarole Salad with Meyer Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette & Crunchy Dukkah

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Wild smoked salmon gives Melina Hammer’s bright and fresh winter salad a hit of salty, smoky flavor. Served alongside crunchy homemade dukkah, creamy avocado and a zippy meyer lemon vinaigrette, this artfully composed dish is a meal in and of itself.

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For the Dressing:

For the Dukkah:

  • 7 tbsp pistachios, toasted on a baking sheet
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

*toast spices+sesame seeds in a dry skillet, stove top

For the Salad:

  • 12-15 tender escarole leaves including center most part of head, larger leaves chopped into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 can smoked wild salmon
  • 1/2 avocado, thinly sliced



  1. In a pour-spouted dish, whisk together all dressing ingredients until uniform. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  2. Gently pound pistachios in a mortar and pestle until a you’ve produced a mix of pistachio crumbs+ small bits of pistachio, 2/3 :1/3 ratio is good. Transfer to a small mixing bowl. Coarsely grind cumin, then the coriander, emptying cumin into pistachio bowl before moving on to coriander to ensure an even grind. Add both types of sesame seeds and salt to the mixture and stir to combine. Mixture keeps for 2 weeks, sealed tightly in a jar.
  3. Place escarole in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle half the dressing onto the leaves and toss to coat. Arrange escarole onto a platter and scatter flaked smoked salmon. Arrange avocado slices, then drizzle additional dressing onto avocado. Shower the salad with dukkah, leaving a dish with extra at table-side. Serve at once.

Image and Recipe by Melina Hammer

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