Arugula Salad with Smoked Trout & Peach Preserve Dressing ♥

Arugula Salad with Smoked Trout & Peach Preserve Dressing ♥, simple but special salad supper, makes up in minutes.
graphic button small size size 10 Today's salad supper, perfect for simple summer evenings: Peppery arugula tossed with a sweet fruity-mustard dressing, then topped with bites of smoked trout, fresh fruits and veggies. Totally adaptable, so simple but special. Destined for a go-to dinner! graphic button small size size 10

~recipe updated, first published way back in 2007~
~more recently updated recipes~

Day One: Christine from My Plate or Yours raved about a smoked mullet dip. We bantered back and forth a bit on e-mail.

Day Two 7 am: Arggh. I was, um, hooked. I woke up wanting smoked fish dip NOW. (For breakfast, Alanna?)

Day Two 11am: A client's husband was off to fetch fish from Bob's Seafood, the best (and in my opinion, only) place to buy fresh fish in St. Louis, for their supper. When I asked if he'd mind buying smoked fish for me, he and my client answered, nearly simultaneously, "You need a smoker!" Now he's an accomplished foodie and Anne Cori is chef so I trust their judgments without question. An hour later, he'd picked up the fish from Bob's, he'd picked up a stovetop smoker from her store, the wonderful Kitchen Conservatory – and she gave me a lesson in hot-smoking shrimp, scallops and trout!

And this stuff is heaven! I'm looking forward to learning more about the stovetop smoker – including, with any luck, some vegetables. More on that, later. (Fast Forward Two More Days: My first foray with smoker at home turned out beautifully, just scallops and shrimp and OH SO EASY.)

In the mean time, the sauce the client recommended for the trout turned out to be a delicious oil-free dressing on arugula – snipped fresh from the client's home garden. Yes, indeed, this is a client with "fringe benefits"! Thank you, Anne, thank you, Tom! And Christine, thanks to you, too, for the inspiration that started this odyssey!

UPDATE Eight years passed between Salad One and Salad Two but it wasn't eight weeks before the next one. So simple. So good. So perfect for a sumptuous summer supper. Just look how pretty! I've become partial to smoked whitefish but trout remains wonderful, so does hot-smoked salmon. And scallops!

AN EXTRA PERSONAL NOTE Looking back, I'm wondering if it was this morning that set in motion events that led to being invited to a 4th of July party at the client's home where The Man With the Hands and I first met. Could it be? It just might!

"...this recipe has made it into regular rotation at our house. It works great with scallops too!" ~ Libby


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Serves as many as needed

Peach preserves, preferably, orange marmalade works too
Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste

Smoked fish (trout, whitefish, hot-smoked salmon, etc.)

Fresh vegetables, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, avocado, zucchini, a touch of onion
Dried or pickled or fresh fruit
Bits of cheese, warm goat-cheese rounds
Bacon bits

DRESSING Mix to taste. If needed, add a little vinegar to cut the sweetness, maybe a little good olive oil to round out the vinaigrette.

SALAD Wash arugula well and let dry. Toss with the Dressing and top with smoked trout and any optional add-ons.

graphic button small size size 10 If you have a smoker, sure, go ahead and smoke your own trout, it's really wonderful. But I'll have to admit that ever since finding a source of good-quality smoked fish, it's something I buy. One trout feeds two of us amply.

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  1. This sounds wonderful, Alanna! I absolutely love smoked fish dip but have never tried to make it myself, now you have me craving it! (for breakfast, yes!)

  2. AnonymousMay 27, 2007

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Is there any left for me?

  3. AnonymousMay 28, 2007

    I got really excited about the idea of a stove top smoker until I saw that you can't put it on top of glass top stoves. Unfortunately until a kitchen makeover, that's what I am stuck with.
    Looks wonderful!

  4. I just bought smoked trout for Jeff (so I won't be making it myself) and will have to try this recipe. He'll love it! Thanks!

  5. I just came here to say that this recipe has made it into regular rotation at our house. Thank you! It works great with scallops too!

  6. Libby ~ Thank YOU! I’d lost track of this recipe but made it for dinner tonight, it’s just as good as I remember, maybe better! So I really appreciate the reminder. Next up? Scallops! :-)


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