Tony_Harrison_Bar_PetiteAs Tony reminded us in our interview earlier this week, we are blessed with fantastic seafood in this country. Warm and clean waters along our coasts are making sure of that. We are thrilled to share this recipe which is perfect for long summer lunches under a tree or by the beach.

“This is a great summer salad, bright and colourful, perfect for entertaining, its fresh, light and deliciously tasty!! One of my summer favourites!” says Tony, head chef at Bar Petite, Newcastle. 

Try it and let us know what you think. I know I will!


For the curing of the trout (this step can be done a couple days in advance):

  • 500g ocean trout fillet, pinnbonned and scaled
  • 500ml beetroot juice
  • 1kg castor sugar
  • 500g table salt*
  • 500g rock salt*
  • 100g white pepper*
  • 1 bunch dill

For the Saffron pickled fennel (this step can be done a couple days in advance):

  • 2 large bulbs fennel, finely shaved
  • 200ml white wine vinegar*
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 5 saffron threads*
  • Pinch of salt

For the Salad ingredients:

  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 punnet assorted heirloom tomatoes
  • 5 balls fresh labna*
  • Pinch sea salt, crack of pepper
  • 30ml chardonnay wine vinegar*
  • 30ml good quality olive oil*


Place all the curing ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, cover the fish, refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove from fridge and rinse under cold water, slice finely and set aside in the fridge.

To pickle the fennel, bring pickling liquor up to the simmer, place the shaved fennel in the pot, the remove from the stove immediately, set aside and chill.

Once these two steps have been achieved (try to do 2 days prior), it’s time to construct the salad, simply place the sliced trout, fennel (removed from the pickling liquid), trimmed watercress, halved baby heirloom tomatoes and labna (tear apart each ball into 4-5 smaller pieces) into a large bowl add oil and vinegar, salt and pepper to dress, toss liberally, and plate! A summer favourite of mine, lovely with a glass of cold climate chardonnay!

*These ingredients are available from The Essential Ingredient Newcastle.