This recipe requires a little bit of background. I used to live in Dubai for almost eight years, and I spent many of my lunch breaks in Dubai Mall, in a nice cafe called Angelina, where my favorite dish was something similar with this Salmon Avocado Tartare. Since then I’ve been thinking to make it many times, but I didn’t have the tool to make this beautiful tower. I don’t know what chefs use to make it, but few days ago I bought a big cookie cutter with tall walls that works perfectly for the purpose.
A tower of lectin free goodness
Avocado and wild caught Sockye salmon ‘chilled’ in lime juice and spices. Basically two main ingredients, but a powerhouse of taste and nutrition. The salmon is ‘cooked’ in the fridge, in lime juice, onion, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, mustard and dry oregano – you can call it a ceviche. So this is pretty much all you have to prepare for this dish, before you cut the avocado and arrange it on a serving plate.
Salmon Avocado Tartare
- 1/2 lbs wild caught salmon
- few fine slices of red onion
- juice of 2, 3 limes
- handful of chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- dry oregano
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp capers (optional)
- 2 avocados
Cut the salmon in bite size cubes.
Mix all the ingredients with the salmon (except the avocados), mix well, make sure everything is coated with all the juices and spices, cover and put in the fridge for about one hour.
When the salmon is ready, cut the avocado in bite size pieces, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Put the round cookie cutter with the tall walls in the center of the plate and start filling in with one of the avocados, trying to layer and gently press down. When you are done with the avocado, add half of the salmon mixture, pressing and leveling down. When you feel everything is pressed together, slowly pull the cookie cutter (or whatever tool you use) out.
Repeat with the second tower.
Makes 2 portions. This can be eaten as a main dish, or shared as an appetizer. It is also a great entertaining appetizer, because it is easy to make, can be prepared in advance and will definitely wow your guests.