Seared salmon with beet risotto, sauteed spinach, wild mushrooms and a beet and carrot micro-green salad with carrot sauce

  • Preparation Time90 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • DifficultyHard

For the beet risotto

2 medium beets, roasted
600ml chicken stock
4 tbsps olive oil
3/4 cup Arborio rice
Salt and pepper
40g butter, cubed

For the mushroom balsamic vinaigrette

840ml hot water
15g dried shiitake and chanterelle mushrooms
2 tbsps balsamic vinegar
6 tbsps olive oil
1 tbsp sherry wine
Salt and pepper

For the sauteed spinach

1 cup spinach
2 tbsps olive oil
Salt and pepper

For the carrot sauce

1 medium carrot
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil

For the seared salmon

4 (175g) centre-cut salmon fillets
1/2 recipe mushroom vinaigrette
Salt and pepper
2 tbsps olive oil

For the micro-green salad

1 medium beet
1 medium carrot
1/2 recipe mushroom vinaigrette
4 pinches micro-greens
Beet risotto:
1) Let beets cool until cool enough to handle, then peel and cut into chunks. Transfer beets to a blender or food processor along with 300ml of stock and blend together. Add the remaining stock and blend.

2) Add oil to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Add the rice to the oil and toast it for a couple minutes. Add half the beet puree to the rice, then slowly add the rest of the beet puree, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

3) Cook until rice is tender and then fold in the butter. Keep warm in a hot water bath.

Mushroom balsamic vinaigrette:
1) Heat the water, but do not boil it. Place mushrooms in a bowl; add hot water directly to the bowl and let sit about 15 minutes. Squeeze mushrooms free of water, reserving 60ml of the mushroom water, and transfer mushrooms to a different bowl and set aside. (Mushrooms will be almost 150g when soaked in water.)

2) In a small bowl, whisk the reserved mushroom water with the balsamic. Whisk in the olive oil.

3) Carefully pour the sherry into a small skillet over medium-high heat and flambe. Immediately pour it into the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside.

Sauteed spinach:
Wash the spinach well, dry it and remove stems. Heat up a saute pan, then add oil. Add spinach and let wilt. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and keep warm in a hot water bath. Wring spinach dry before serving.

Carrot sauce:
Peel carrot and juice it. Pour the juice into a small saucepan. Add honey and oil and reduce over medium heat until syrupy, about 20 minutes. Place in a plastic sauce bottle.

Seared salmon:
1) Marinate the salmon in the mushroom vinaigrette for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Remove salmon and pat dry with a paper towel. Season salmon with salt and pepper.

2) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and when hot, but not smoking, add salmon, skin side up, in pan. Sear for 3-5 minutes, flip and continue cooking another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm until ready to serve.

Micro-green salad:
Peel and put the beet through a suziewah (turning slicer) then place in cold water. Peel and put the carrot through a suziewah then place in cold water. Toss with remaining mushroom vinaigrette. Reserve micro-greens for plating and set salad aside.

1) Place a ring mould in the centre of a dinner plate. Add the beet risotto until full. Remove the ring mould.

2) Place the sauteed spinach on top of the risotto. Place a salmon fillet on top of the spinach. Place the wild mushrooms on top of the salmon.

3) Put the micro-greens on the centre of the fillet. Place several curls of beet and carrot on micro-greens. Garnish the plate with dots of carrot sauce. Wipe the plate clean of debris and repeat process for remaining three plates.

Serve immediately.

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