Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Rocket (Arugula) Salad

I have a regular guest to my house who is quite a healthy eater. Every time I have her over for dinner, she will offer to help me in kitchen while scanning my stove and kitchen benchtop to get an indication what I’ve prepared for the night. I couldn’t help but to notice our kitchen conversation was beginning to sound like a broken record:

Healthy eater: “Errr, where is the salad?”

Me: “Uhh-sorry, I don’t have salad but we can eat some fruits as dessert to make up?” While pointing my index finger in the direction of my fruit basket with a sly smile. ;)

Oh gosh, somehow my reply sounded pretty rude in text. Thankfully, I am really good friends with her which in some ways, warrant me a generous degree of freedom of expression. ;) Talk about taking things for granted huh?

Salad-making is by no mean a difficult task. I have to blame it on the lazy bug that lives inside me for the past few weeeks. However, being active in blogging lately has also made me a tad more elaborate in meal preparation. Although there is no requirement that a food blogger has to make his/her meal very fancy every day, I do want to make every meal counts. Last weekend, in addition to my usual one pot dish (it was a chicken and potato curry), I’ve made smoked salmon, rocket and avocado salad as a starter. For the first time in weeks, we didn’t sound like a broken record. And it’s kinda nice. :D

Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Rocket (Arugula) Salad

(I think it’s good for 3 people as starters; 1 person as a main with some leftovers)


  • Rocket leaves (arugula), about 60g (2 oz)
  • An avocado
  • 1/2 of a full sized lebanese cucumber
  • 100g (3 oz) smoked salmon (I used Tassal brand)
  • 1 tbsps sesame seeds

Dressing (measure to taste):-

  • 1 lime
  • about 1/2 cup of olive oil (adjust to your preference)
  • Salt to taste
  • A drop of sesame oil *optional*

Let’s do it:

(1) In a small dry pan, toast 1 tbsp of sesame seeds over medium flame until lightly brown. Set aside. (2) Wash and dry the rocket leaves. Set aside. (3) Slice cucumber. Set aside. (4) Halve a lime and squeeze the juice into a small bowl. Then add olive oil, sesame oil (if using), salt to taste and  1/2 tbsp of the toasted sesame seeds.  Whisk until it emulsifies. (5) In a salad bowl, add rocket leaves, cucumber and hand torn smoked salmon. (6) Use an avocado slicer to slice the avocado. To avoid the avocado from turning brown, I  dip slices of the avocado in the dressing and add into the salad bowl.  Scatter the remaning toasted sesame seeds as a finishing touch. (7) Serve with the dressing separately.

21 Responses to Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Rocket (Arugula) Salad
  1. Tina
    May 9, 2012 | 2:25 am

    You are surely my good friend. No mention all the fancy and declious food you made:). lol~~

  2. Rachael@SimplyFreshCooking
    May 9, 2012 | 4:07 am

    So pretty, simple, and elegant looking. Yum!

  3. LP @dishclips
    May 11, 2012 | 1:21 am

    Ingredients I love individually all in one salad. Very nice!

  4. Julia
    May 14, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    You could also add some chia seeds to increase the amount of protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids in this recipe!

    • Emily
      May 14, 2012 | 12:22 pm

      Hi Julia! I will keep this in mind next time i make the salad. thanks for the tip! :)

  5. Claire
    June 26, 2012 | 3:57 am

    This is totally beautiful!
    Honestly DOES seem pretty rude for someone you offer delicious free meals to often to complain, but THIS IS a true beauty!

  6. Stephanie
    June 28, 2012 | 6:24 am

    I love smoked salmon. I’m going to make this tomorrow!

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  9. Prue
    February 8, 2013 | 7:41 am

    So simple so easy and really tasty. Invited firends for dinner, completely forgot they were coming, used this reciepe, only took 10 mins, they never knew. Thank Goodness!!!

  10. Jackson
    October 28, 2013 | 11:11 pm

    Tried making it and wife absolutely LOVED it – need I say more! Thanks very much!

  11. Clare
    November 17, 2013 | 6:16 am

    Love this! Made it for brunch today when I was short on time. Was so lovely!!! Full of flavour, nice textures, satisfying. I doubled the ingredients and 2 of us polished off the whole lot. I am saving this to make again. Thank you

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