23 August 2012

Spicy Grilled Salmon and Salsa Two Bite Salad

Miang Kham, a one bite salad with a spicy sweet and sticky sauce.  Sounds pretty good right?  A platter of little things and then each one placed on a lettuce leaf, and all wrapped up in to a perfect bite sized little morsel. I read about it here and I couldn’t resist the temptation to come up with my own version, though it did end up being more like two bites. The is the perfect sharing platter of food where everyone can make up their very own Miang, it is almost like a twist on this pork larb. So let your imagination run riot.  I am thinking shrimp, maybe a little mango, coconut, a few chillies, a little lime.... Or slivers of rare beef , a little oyster sauce, ginger, chilli, spring onion ....Or how about a take on peking duck pancakes...the possibilities are certainly endless and a great way to kick off a dinner party or BBQ.

Spicy Grilled Salmon and Salsa Two Bite Salad


Serves 4 as an appetiser

For the salmon
1 salmon fillet
1/4 cup fish sauce, divided

For the salsa
1/2 red onion, diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup coriander, chopped
1 red chilli, finely diced
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1/2 tsp fish sauce

For the rest of the platter
1/2 cup cucumber, deseeded and julienned
1/2 cup of roasted cashews
1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
1 red chilli sliced
Mint leaves
Leaves of 1 baby cos lettuce


Place the salmon in a small bowl and add the fish sauce. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 15 minutes.  Grill the fish for a few minutes, under a medium heat, skin side up and then turn to grill the other side for another couple of minutes.  Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillet, but you want it just cooked through. Once grilled set aside and allow to cool.  Once cooled flake the salmon and set it aside.

For the salsa combine all the ingredients, cover and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes to allow all the flavours to meld and develop.

Place the salmon on a platter along with a bowl of the salsa, the cucumber, cashews, red chilli, a bowl of the sweet chilli sauce and a pile of baby lettuce leaves.

Serve, let everyone tuck in to make up there very own perfect one two bite salad.  Fresh crisp lettuce, a burst of mint, the rich salmon nicely cut through with the zesty, spicy salsa.  The cucumber providing a little cool while that fresh chilli adds a fruity burst of heat.  Added to the spicy and sour a welcome sweetness from the sweet chilli sauce and a sweet nutty crunch from the toasted cashews.  A tasty, fresh two bite salad.

This is my entry to this month’s Monthly Mingle, Street Food being hosted by Zizi over at Zizi's Adventures.

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  1. This sounds super delicious, I can't wait to try making my own little bite sized salads

  2. oh wow this looks wonderful Mairi! I ought to try your salsa, in fact its coming at the right time, cause I have started to learn some Mexican style food and I have been experimenting especially with salsas. unfortunately I wont be able to get any salmon around, though its my favorit fish!

    1. Thanks Helene, love Mexican... fresh & spicy definitely equals delicious.

  3. Mairi, this sounds fantastic - it's popping with flavor! I can't wait to make it. We've been grilling lots of salmon and this will be devoured by my family. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Hannah, I am looking forward to outdoor grilling now that Spring has sprung!


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