Havarti-Fish Salad from yesterday’s leftovers

Yesterday we had enough Baked Trout Fillets left over for a second dinner today. I love variety and this recipe from dairygoodness.ca fit perfectly.

Havarti-Fish Salad

  • Course Main Dishes
  • Prep. Time 15 mins
  • Cooking Time 7 – 10 mins
  • Yields 4

Preparation

What You Need

1/3 cup (80 mL) olive oil
5 tbsp (75 mL) lime juice
1 tbsp (15 mL) lime zest
1/2 to 1 tsp (2 to 5 mL) Espelette pepper or ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1 lb (500 g) fillet firm fish of your choice (salmon, halibut, tilapia, etc.)
4 cups (1 L) cooked orzo or other small pasta
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) finely diced cucumber
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) cherry tomato halves
2 tbsp (30 mL) drained capers
3 cups (750 mL) arugula or baby spinach, washed and stems removed
1/3 lb (150 g) Canadian Havarti, cubed
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice and zest and Espelette
pepper. Set aside 2 tbsp (30 mL) of this mixture to brush on fish while cooking.

Preheat barbecue to medium-high. Cook fish 3 to 5 minutes per side depending on fish selected and how you like it done. Brush with reserved dressing occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add cooked pasta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and capers to dressing in large bowl. Toss well.

Add arugula and cheese just before serving. Divide evenly among 4 plates or soup plates.

Top with grilled fish.


Since the trout was already cooked, I ignored the first three steps under Preparation & Cooking and began with “add cooked pasta …”.

The end result was what my wife calls “the best”. The orzo’s texture was just right – a home cooking feel. The salad had a kick from the capers, then a little jolt from the arugula’s pepperiness; and then came the smooth taste of the sour cream from yesterday’s dressing; and then … , and then??? Sorry. I’m getting carried away with the fun of these leftovers.

If I was to cook this recipe “from scratch”, I’d cut back on the olive oil. It represents 16 servings of fat! It may be “good fat”, but it’s too much for me.

This recipe with cheese, as well as many others, is available on the following web site:

http://www.dairygoodness.ca/recipes/havarti-fish-salad

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