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Black Rice & Salmon Salad



Black Rice & Salmon Salad

Strictly speaking, this salad isn’t traditionally Scandinavian, but we used to make and serve this in the café in London simply because it is SO nice. Black rice lends itself well to being used cold in salads. It is known sometimes as ‘forbidden rice’, and sometimes as ‘black Venus rice’. It has a hard husk and a great bite to it – and, of course, a wonderful dark colour.

Serves 4 individual portions or 6–7 as a side dish

Course Salad
Cuisine Scandinavian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Bronte Aurell


  • 200 g uncooked black rice
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 shallot finely chopped squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped
  • parsley
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped mint
  • 150 g/51⁄2 oz. hot-smoked salmon
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons good quality olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice might need more
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Rinse the black rice a few times, then bring to the boil in a large pan of water. Cook until al dente following the packet instructions. Once cooked, rinse well to remove the excess colour. Set aside to cool.
  • Slice the cucumber lengthways, then scrape out the seeds and chop into 1/2 cm pieces. Chop the apple into similarly sized pieces. Add the cucumber, apple and shallot to a serving bowl with a squeeze of lemon juice to keep the apple fresh. Add the cooked and cooled black rice, dill, parsley and mint. Flake in the salmon pieces and mix gently to combine everything together.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and season to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir. Do adjust the seasoning once you have done this – it may need more lemon juice or even a squeeze of lime (this depends on the saltiness of the fish and the sweetness of the apple you have used).


Recipe take from our Bronte’s book Atelme Midsommar, published by Ryland, Peters and Small. Photo by Pete Cassidy, styling by Tony Hutchinson and Kathy Kordalis. You can buy the book here.

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