Dear Me

Summer Trout Salad Recipe

(Breakfast) Mon - Fri | 7:00 - 11:00
(Lunch) Mon - Fri | 12:00 - 15:00
(Dinner) Thur | 19:00 - by reservation
 
+27(0)21 422 4920
165 Long Market Street |
www.dearme.co.za
info@dearme.co.za
dearmefoodworld
Dear Me

Summer Trout Salad Recipe

A wholesome, light delight for the sunny season

While the frosty days of winter call for hearty, heavy stews, the approach of warmer weather lends itself to somewhat lighter, healthier dishes that are not only refreshing but also ideal for keeping the body beach-ready. With the spirit of summer in mind, Vanessa Marx, head chef at Cape Town city centre gourmet brasserie Dear Me – an eatery renowned for dishing up wholesome, seasonal, ethically-sourced fare – has kindly taken the time to share a recipe for a delicious raw trout salad that is both fresh and packed with nutrients. 

“I love raw ingredients and foods that leave you feeling good,” says the esteemed cook, explaining her recipe choice. “I’m also a type 1 diabetic, so have always been interested in the effects certain ingredients have on the body.”

And the nutritious effects of this particular dish are aplenty. Not only are the various elements high in fibre, antioxidants and healthy fats, but, Vanessa assures, they are also rich in the essential minerals and vitamins that help to support vascular and respiratory health and that aid in the prevention of cancer, heart attacks and strokes.

She recommends the salad is served as either a starter or a lean summer lunch, and suggests that it would go down especially well paired with a crisp white wine(our recommendation: a Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc).

Ingredients for Raw Trout Summer Salad with Citrus and Fennel Bulb

Serves 4

  • 400g fresh trout, raw
  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 100ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100g wild rocket
  • 2 medium courgettes (zucchinis)
  • 30g mint
  • 30g dill
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 spring onion
  • 50g sesame seeds, toasted
  • Salt and pepper
  • A pinch of caster sugar

Method (preparation time: 30 minutes)

Slice the trout fillet on a slight diagonal into paper-thin slivers that are approximately 3mm thick. Lay them out on a plate or platter and cover with cling film; refrigerate. Shave the fennel bulb as finely as possible using a mandoline, or by hand; start slicing from the stem part and work towards the end of the bulb. Zest and juice the lemon and orange, and mix the zest, juice and olive oil together. Season the mix with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity. Cut the tips from the raw courgettes, and, using a peeler, shave down the length of each. Repeat to shave the whole courgette, so as to make long, thin ribbons. Roughly chop the mint and dill, and slice up the spring onion. In a big bowl, mix the shaved fennel bulb, courgette, spring onion, mint and dill, and dress with the citrus mixture; leave to marinate for about 15 minutes. Place a dry frying pan onto a medium heat and toast the sesame seeds, tossing them lightly until golden brown; set aside to cool. Cut the avocado in half, removing the pip in the centre. Remove the skin and cut into 1-cm chunks. Take the trout out of the fridge, unwrap and season with a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pile the fennel and courgette mixture in the centre of the platter on top of the trout, leaving some trout exposed around the edges. Top it with the avocado chunks, and then the wild rocket. Pour the excess citrus dressing from the fennel mix over the entire salad. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over and serve.

---

Yearning for nutritious food but don’t have the desire (or the time) to prepare anything?  Have a gander at our overview of top healthy eateries in Cape Town

---

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle and check out our Pinterest boards for updates.

Cape Town Events Calendar
March 2017
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Live Satellite Interview for DOTChallenge at Cape QuarterLive Satellite Interview for #DOTChallenge at Cape Quarter

Chat to two local rowers while they sit on their rowing boat in the middle of ...

Tattoo Convention - 2South African Tattoo Convention at the CTICC

Get ready for a weekend filled with innovative tattoo techniques, international ...

Cape Argus SportShow - 1Cape Argus SportShow in Stellenbosch

Make a note to not miss this sport centered event!

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Children's Events Cape TownKids’ Party Special with Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag

Treat your little one to the ultimate military-style birthday bash and save R500

Jack BlackBeers and Bands at Jack Black Brewery and Taproom

Every Friday night the Jack Black stage is lit up with local talent

Villains Ale House Logo 2DJ nights at Villain’s Ale House

Kick start your weekend with DJ nights every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Wynberg - 1Wynberg Family Festival

Get the family together for a fun day out!

Blue Man - 2Blue Man Group in Cape Town

The legendary act is finally coming to the Mother City!

SA Eco Film FestSouth African Eco Film Festival

There is hope for Mother Nature, we just need to open our eyes and see it

Showcasing Dignity - 1Showcasing the Dignity of People “Living Outside”

Understanding the other side of Cape Town

Glowing Rooms 3Glowing Rooms SA offers a special opening price!

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed ...

Camissa Township Tours Formal HousesCamissa Township Tour and Robben Island Visit

Embark on a cultural journey and experience the Mother City’s townships with ...

Om Revolution sunsetOutdoor Yoga Classes with The Om Revolution in Cape Town

Bend, stretch and meditate with this affordable mobile yoga studio in and ...

Slave descendantsMy Naam is Februarie - Identities Rooted in Slavery

View a historically significant calendar and listen to audiobooks in ...

MonarkLive Summer Concerts at Vergenoegd Wine Estate

Rock on dude!

Rush glow in the dark dodge ballCosmic Rush at Rush Indoor Trampoline Park

Teens get your blood pumping inside with a glow-in-the-dark indoor trampoline ...

I Love Big Bay Spring MarketI Love Big Bay Market

Put a spring in your step at this fabulous evening market

ABSA Cape Epic MTB Challenge StartAbsa Cape Epic

Gear up to conquer some of the Cape’s most challenging trails in one of the ...

Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape TownThe Galileo Open Air Cinema in the Cape Winelands and Cape Town Venues

Grab some snacks and get ready to watch your favourite films beneath the stars ...

Wine Flies Forgotten Route TourThe Forgotten Route Train Tour to Matjiesfontein

Take the road less travelled on a two-day adventure to the Klein Karoo

marianne wine estate 6Dinner and Jazz Special at Marianne Wine Estate

Wind down with some great food and free live music every Friday evening

Yoga Rocks - 1Yoga Rocks Retreat

Connect your body and mind in this stunning region

Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa ReceptionSpa and Sparkling Wine Special at Luxe Laser & Spa in Tamboerskloof

Receive a FREE glass of bubbly with your beauty treatment every Friday at Cloud ...

Strolla Restaurant and Bar in Sea PointPizza & Cocktails at Strolla Restaurant and Bar in Sea Point

Usher in the weekend with tasty nosh and dazzling concoctions at this new ...

Bye Cycle Peddling the Promenade Cycle Tour in Cape TownPeddling the Sea Point Promenade Tour with ByeCycle

CapeTownMag readers get a special discount on Fridays when booking a trip on an ...

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.