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Mary Berry’s Hot-Smoked Salmon Rice and Asparagus Salad

A fulfilling, fresh and vibrant salad marrying the classic flavours of salmon and lemon from Mary Berry.

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Introduction

Hot-smoked salmon is like poached salmon but with a smoky flavour – perfect for salads. Alternatively, you could use poached salmon. The lemon dressing and herbs make the salad vibrant and bursting with flavour.

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Ingredients

300g (10½oz) mixed white and wild rice (see intro)
6 spring onions, finely sliced
Large bunch of dill, chopped
Large bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
3 eggs
200g (7oz) asparagus spears
200g (7oz) hot-smoked salmon slices, broken into large chunks
For the lemon dressing:
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 2 lemons
180ml (6½fl oz) olive oil
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
4 tbsp runny honey
2 tbsp Dijon mustard

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Method

Cook the rice in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Drain and refresh under cold water. Drain again.

Place the rice in a bowl. Add the spring onions, dill and parsley and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine.

Measure all the dressing ingredients into a jug and whisk together well. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the dressing and pour the remainder over the rice. Mix well, cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for about an hour.

Meanwhile, place the eggs in a pan of boiling water and cook for 8 minutes for soft boiled. Drain and place in cold water before peeling. Cut each egg into quarters.

Remove the woody ends from the asparagus. If the spears are thick, cut them in half lengthways. Slice the spears into 5cm lengths, then cook in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water. Drain again.

Tip the asparagus into the rice and mix to combine. Spoon into a serving dish and arrange the salmon pieces and egg quarters on top. Sprinkle with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper, then drizzle over the reserved dressing to serve.

Mary’s Tips: Can be assembled up to 4 hours ahead (including dressing the rice). Not suitable for freezing

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