Smoked-Trout Salad with Goat-Cheese Croûtes

You don't need to make a special trip to the fish shop for smoked trout. The fish counter at most grocery stores will have it, vacuum-packed like many brands of bacon. We used plain smoked trout fillets, but the black-peppercorn type would be good, too.

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  • Servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red- or white-wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 1/2-inch-thick slices baguette
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, cut into 12 slices
  • 1 pound spinach, stems removed, leaves washed well and torn in half (about 2 1/4 quarts)
  • 1 large head radicchio (about 3/4 pound), leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 1/4 quarts)
  • 1/2 pound smoked trout fillets, skin removed, flesh flaked

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, whisk together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add the 1/3 cup oil slowly, whisking.
  2. Heat the broiler. Put the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush the tops with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Broil until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Turn the slices over and top each one with a slice of goat cheese. Broil until the cheese is soft and warm, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle a little pepper over each croûte.
  3. Meanwhile, toss the spinach and radicchio into the dressing. Put the salad on plates. Top with the trout and the goat-cheese croûtes.

Notes

Variations:

Use romaine lettuce instead of spinach.

Add a handful of frisée to the spinach and radicchio.

Suggested Pairing

France's Chavignol is world renowned for both its Sancerre, made from Sauvignon Blanc, and its mouthwatering goat cheese. It's no accident that they are splendid together. Try a Sancerre here for the same delicious effect.

Photo © Melanie Acevedo





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