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cauliflower + hot smoked salmon with gribiche

This cauliflower and hot smoked salmon dish is inspired by a similar dish I had in Dublin’s Bastible restaurant ( which featured smoked trout.

Cauliflower and Hot Smoked Salmon with Gribiche

Serves 4 as a side

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 40 minutes


1 head of cauliflower

Half a lemon

1 teaspoon of salt

Half a teaspoon of pepper

2 tablespoons of olive oil

4 tablespoons mayo

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon chopped tarragon, finely chopped

1 hard boiled egg, finely chopped

2 cornichons, finely chopped

1 teaspoon capers, finely chopped

Pinch of cayenne pepper

100g of hot smoked salmon


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200c/180c/gas mark 6.
  1. Slice the cauliflower into small florets and place in a roasting tray. Add in the zest and juice of half a lemon. Add the salt, pepper and oil, mixing well. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked but still has a bit of crunch.
  1. Make your gribiche by mixing together the mayo, Dijon mustard, tarragon, hard boiled egg, cornichons, capers and cayenne.
  1. Serve the cooked cauliflower with flaked pieces of hot smoked salmon and dollops of gribiche. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and an extra sprinkle of salt and pepper.

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This recipe first appeared in The Irish Independent on December 24th 2015

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