Recipe courtesy of Luke Nguyen
Char Grilled Salmon Salad
72 hr 52 min
40 min
72 hr
12 min
4 servings
72 hr 52 min
40 min
72 hr
12 min
4 servings


Salmon Marinade
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 (8-ounce) salmon fillet, skin on
  • 12 ounces pickled vegetables, recipe follows
  • Handful watercress
  • 5 perilla leaves, sliced
  • 5 mint leaves, sliced
  • 5 Vietnamese mint leaves, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fried garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Nouc Mam Cham Dipping Fish Sauce, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fried red Asian shallots
  • 1 birds eye chilli, sliced
Pickled Vegetables
  • 2 2/3 cups white vinegar
  • 15 1/2 ounces sugar
  • 2 Lebanese (short) cucumbers
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small daikon
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into thin wedges
Nouc Mam Cham Dipping Fish Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bird's eye chilli, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


Mix all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the salmon and marinate for 30 minutes.

Preheat a grill to medium-high. 

To make the salad, char grill the salmon for 3 minutes or until medium rare, making sure it is well coloured on the outside. Allow the salmon to rest for 5 minutes, then flake the flesh into a bowl. Add the remaining salad ingredients except for the peanuts, shallots and chilli. Mix together well and turn out onto a serving platter. Garnish with the peanuts, shallots and chilli and serve.

In a saucepan, combine the rice vinegar, sugar and 1 tablespoon salt, stir well and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. 

Cut the cucumbers in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut the cucumber, carrot, daikon and celery into 2 by 1/4 inch batons. Combine the lemon wedges with the vegetables and place in a sterilized* 1 quart plastic or glass container. Pour the cooled pickling liquid over the vegetables to completely submerge them. Cover with a lid, place in the fridge and allow to pickle for 3 days before use. 

Store any leftover pickled vegetables in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

Makes enough for 2 salads

Combine the fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir well and cook until just before boiling point is reached, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. To serve, add the garlic and chilli, then stir in the lime juice. Store tightly sealed in a jar in the fridge, for up to 5 days. 

Yield: about 1 cup

Properly handled sterilized equipment will keep canned foods in good condition for one year. Making sure hands, equipment and surfaces in your canning area are clean is the first step in canning. Tips: Jars should be made from glass and free of any chips or cracks. Preserving or canning jars are topped with glass, plastic or metal lids that have a rubberlike seal. Two-piece metal lids are most common. To prepare jars before filling: Wash jars with hot, soapy water, rinse them well and arrange them open-side up, without touching, on a tray. To sterilize jars, boil them in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 10 minutes. Jars have to be sterilized only if the food to be preserved will be processed for less than 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath or pressure canner. To sterilize jars, boil them in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 10 minutes. Follow manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and preparing lids and bands. Use tongs or jar lifters to remove hot sterilized jars from the boiling water. Be sure the tongs are sterilized too: Dip the tong ends in boiling water for a few minutes before using them. All items used in the process of making jams, jellies, preserves and pickles must be clean, including any towels and especially your hands. After the jars are prepared, you can preserve the food. It is important to follow any canning and processing instructions included in the recipe and refer to USDA guidelines about the sterilization of canned products. Find Information information on canning can be found at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website:

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