Staying in shape is crucial for any athlete but with Wimbledon underway, it got us thinking recipes that are perfect for al fresco dining in the summer months, but without blowing a healthy lifestyle out of the window.
You are what you eat so emulate the tennis greats such as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep and, Serena and Venus Williams with these great summer recipes.
And with salmon being full of healthy oils great for our overall health, we thought these recipes would inspire.
Salmon with Melon Salsa
Fresh and spicy, this dish looks great served at the garden wood table, or eating informally with friends on your outdoor sofa. This recipe serves four.
For the salsa
- Half a cantaloupe melon, cubed
- Half a honeydew melon, cubed
- A bunch of coriander leaves, chopped
- 2 tbsp. mint leaves, chopped
- 1 jalapeno chilli, finely diced
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
For the salmon crust
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 2 tbsp. grated & peeled fresh ginger
- 4 salmon fillets
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- Mix the salsa ingredients, seasoning well with sea salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, stir together the curry powder, ginger and season. Divide the mixture evenly between the four salmon fillets. Press firmly in place.
- Heat a heavy-based frying pan with the vegetable oil and add the salmon. Allow the salmon to cook from the base. When you see the flesh turning opaque (about 10 minutes), pop the salmon under a pre-heated grill to cook the crust.
- Serve with the refreshing melon salsa.
What better to serve this zingy fresh dish than plating it up on an outdoor table in the sun?
Salmon and Horseradish Sauce
Horseradish is not just for beef as this recipe proves! It makes a great addition to salmon so take a look at this salmon recipe, perfect for when you are entertaining a crowd packed around your outdoor garden furniture.
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 whole boneless side of salmon
- 250ml dry white wine
- 1 lemon
- 284ml pot of sour cream
- 1 jar of horseradish
- Bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic
- 150ml double cream
- Slices of fresh lemon and cucumber
- Pre-heat the oven to 180° and line a roasting tin with greaseproof paper
- Place the salmon skin-side down in the tin and season with salt and pepper
- Pour the wine around the salmon and cover the whole tin with aluminium foil – bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the flesh is opaque
- Grate one lemon and squeeze 2 tsp. of juice and place in a mixing bowl. Using a hand held electric whisk, add the sour cream, horseradish, chopped parsley, crushed garlic, and season to taste. Now add the double cream and continue whisking until it becomes a firm, mousse-like texture. Refrigerate.
- Once cooked, allow the salmon to cool. Gently slide from the greaseproof paper onto a serving platter. Serve when cold and garnish with sliced lemon and cucumber. Allow guests to add their own generous dollop of the horseradish cream.
Enjoy with friends in the sunshine enjoying the luxury of rattan table and chairs in the garden, discussing the latest Wimbledon gossip.
Salmon Citrus Salsa with Avocado
They say you eat with your eyes first and this salad has to be one of the most delicious looking we have come across. Even better, this is a bit of a cheat-recipe. That means grab all the pre-prepared ingredients at your favourite supermarket for a great lunch…
Because it uses a lot of pre-prepared items, this recipe can serve one or serve many people. Adjust quantities to match your summer party.
- Smoked salmon flakes (or choose smoked and flavoured versions)
- Pre-packed salads – try adding watercress and spinach to salad leaves too
- Tomatoes, sliced or chopped
- Sliced peppers of all colours
- Avocado, sliced or diced
For the citrus sauce
- 125ml fresh orange juice
- 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp. Sugar
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Start by making the citrus dressing. Heat the orange juice and lime juice until it has reduced to become slightly thicker.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining ingredients, seasoning to taste.
- Allow this sauce to completely cool
- In the meantime, assemble your salad using the salad leaves as a base and scattering the rest of the ingredients on top.
- Top with the hot smoked salmon and when ready to serve, drizzle with the tangy citrus sauce.
Whichever recipe you choose, you’re sure to impress your guests this summer – and you’ll be serving up something healthy too!