This isn't your typical boring salad. Here, a buttery Steelhead trout fillet is complemented by the bright flavours of the roasted beets and raw radishes, and it gets a kick of incredible richness from the guanciale (an Italian cured, unsmoked bacon - you can substitute pancetta or regular bacon if your butcher doesn't sell guanciale). The spoonful of dijon mayonnaise this salad is topped off with adds another hit of intense, addictive flavour. —Sara White
- Serves 4
small Steelhead trout fillets
small yukon gold potatoes (or other starchy potatoes, like russets), sliced very thinly
3 - 5
radishes (depending on size), thinly sliced
grams of guanciale, sliced into small cubes
clove garlic, minced
mixed salad greens
fresh dill, chopped
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the stems and leaves from the beets, wash thoroughly, then roast until softened, about 45 minutes. Let the roasted beets sit for about 10 minutes, then remove the skins (they should easily slide off) and slice into bite-sized wedges.
- Lay the potato slices out on a baking sheet – they should not be overlapping. Brush thoroughly with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes, then flip each slice over and roast for another 10 – 15 minutes or until the edges are beginning to turn brown and crispy (this will depend on how thinly you’ve sliced the potatoes – you want to aim for slices about 2 millimetres thick).
- Heat a pan over medium heat. Sauté the shallot until translucent, then add the garlic and continue to sauté for another 1 – 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Now add the guanciale to the pan and sauté until crispy, then set aside.
- In a small bowl, stir the the mayonnaise and the mustard until well mixed.
- Place the steelhead fillets on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake until no longer translucent, about 10 – 12 minutes.
- In a bowl, combine the salad greens, shallot, garlic, guanciale, radishes, beets and dill. Drizzle lightly with olive oil (or, if you’re feeling adventurous, a little bit of the fat that’s rendered off of the guanciale – it’ll add extra depth of flavour to the salad) then toss to combine. Add a handful of the salad to each plate, then add several potato slices and top with a steelhead fillet. Add a spoonful of the dijon mayonnaise on top, then serve.