Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rounds


No special tools required
Serves 4 as a light snack, or 2 for lunch


Smoked salmon
1 cucumber
4 hardboiled egg yolks (Trader Joes sells peeled hardboiled eggs, making this super easy)
1 lemon, zest and juice
Salt to taste
Dill for garnish


Lemon Garlic Salmon


Olive oil, lemon juice, lemon rind, freshly minced garlic, sea salt and pepper

Mix about 1 cup of olive oil, with the juice and freshly grated rind of two lemons
Whisk in the garlic (2-4 cloves), salt and pepper
Pour over salmon to marinate for 10 – 15 minutes
Bake @ 450 for 7-10 minutes


Esalen Smoked Salmon Spanakopita

Another Esalen success! This recipe turned out so well we literally sat around the table talking about how good it was, while we were eating it. Yeah. It’s that good! (Thanks for taking pictures Laurie!)


1 medium onion, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds fresh spinach (or 2 frozen packages) stemmed and chopped
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 eggs
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/2 pound filo dough
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 pound smoked salmon



Salmon Nicoise Salad


2 lemons, zested and juiced
1/8 cup olive oil
1/8 cup Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds skin-on fresh salmon fillets
3 pounds small Yukon gold potatoes
3/4 pounds haricots verts, stems removed
1.5 pounds ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges (6 small tomatoes)
6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut in 1/2
1 small bunch watercress or arugula
1/4 pound large green olives, pitted
1 can anchovies, optional

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good olive oil