I recently ate a frisee salad with grapefruit, avocado, and smoked trout at Plow in SF. Does anyone have a similar recipe to that salad?

The salad is still on the menu at Plow SF. It was frisee with grapefruit, avocado, a light dressing, and smoked trout and a soft-boiled egg. All I can find is recipes for salad Lyonnaise, but this was a bit lighter.

  • Posted by: maye
  • June 7, 2016


ChefJune June 8, 2016
That recipe is a riff on a Lyonnaise Salad. Doesn't sound like it needs a recipe to me, just gather the ingredients and make a basic mustardy vinaigrette. Sounds really delicious! Thanks for the suggestion. :)
702551 June 7, 2016
The other way we could approach this is for you to describe more fully what the dressing tasted like and provide suggestions.

The online menu describes it as "Smoked Trout Salad: chicories, grapefruit, avocado, poached egg" and provides no description of the dressing.

If you do a Google image search for "trout salad plow" at least three of the first four images show the dish at the restaurant.


Based on these it should be easy to prepare most of the necessary ingredients: smoked trout crumbled into bite-size pieces, frisee (chicory), chunks of avocado, grapefruit segments, and a poached egg or two.

Not knowing what sort of dressing was used, I'd be inclined to use a lighter vinaigrette, perhaps something based on white wine vinegar or lemon juice.

The photos themselves do not indicate that Plow used a creamier sauce or anything with a darker acid (like balsamic).

It does seem like there are some seasonal variants. There are pomegranate seeds in one shot, watermelon radish slices in another, so likely the restaurant keeps this salad on the menu as a staple and changes a few of the items to match seasonality.
702551 June 7, 2016
Thinking about this a little more, I would probably use grapefruit juice as the acid for the vinaigrette, since the dish has grapefruit segments as a major ingredient. I'd use olive oil.
HalfPint June 7, 2016
Try this one and substitute frisee for the arugula: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/smoked-trout-salad-with-avocado-and-grapefruit
PHIL June 7, 2016
that recipe in Food & Wine seems very close to what Maya is describing. Like CV said any light dressing would probably do the trick.
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