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*This recipe is gluten free according to industry standards

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  • 1 cucumber, halved, seeded and finely diced
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • chopped to make 2 tbsp dill
  • 2 ripe but firm avocado, peeled, stoned and finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • chopped to make 2 tbsp chives
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers, rinsed
  • 200g smoked salmon
  • salad cress or micro coriander leaves, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Toss the cucumber with 1 tsp oil, some salt and pepper, and 1 tbsp dill. In a separate bowl, gently fold the avocado with ½ the lemon juice, 1 tbsp chives and season.

  • STEP 2

    To make the dressing, whisk 2 tbsp oil, tomatoes, capers, the remaining lemon juice and all the zest with some seasoning.

  • STEP 3

    Spoon 1/6 of the cucumber mix onto a plate in a chef’s ring approximately 8cm, and fill in the circle, making a layer of cucumber. Top with 1/6 of the avocado mix, and spread out to the sides of the ring.

  • STEP 4

    Add a layer of smoked salmon, covering all the avocado, then lift off the ring to leave a three tiered stack.

  • STEP 5

    Repeat with the remaining mix on 5 more plates. Spoon over the dressing and add the cress or coriander to serve.


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