Barbecued Alaska Salmon and Wild Rice Salad

  • For the rice
  • 150g wild rice, washed
  • 50g le Puy lentils, washed
  • 1/2 courgette, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1/2 of 1 red pepper, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1/2 aubergine, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 handful parsley, roughly chopped
  • For the dressing
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • For the salmon
  • 4 (150g) wild Alaska salmon fillets
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Small handful fresh tarragon, roughly chopped
  • Crushed salt and cracked black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200°C / gas mark 6.

Place the rice and lentils in a saucepan with double the amount of salted, boiling water (approximately 500ml), cover and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat to simmering point and simmer for 20–25 minutes until the rice is al dente. Drain the rice well and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, place the courgette, red pepper and aubergine on a baking tray, season well and drizzle with olive oil. Cook in the oven for 25–30 minutes to roast. Leave to cool and then combine with the rice. Refrigerate until needed.

Combine all the ingredients to make the dressing and season to taste.

Meanwhile, prepare the salmon by brushing lightly in olive oil, roll in chopped tarragon and season both sides of the fish well with salt and pepper.

Barbecue the salmon over medium-hot coals, skin side down first, for three minutes a side.

Remove the rice from the fridge, stir in the chopped parsley and then pour over the dressing. Stir well to combine.

Serve the salmon with plenty of wild rice salad and fresh greens of your choice.

Cook's Tip: Wild Alaska salmon is delicious on the barbecue, this recipe uses a simple marinade to showcase the flavour of the fish, but if you are feeling adventurous, you can also add a little lemon juice and zest to the mix, or play around with fresh green herbs!

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