The perfect Christmas Day salad: macadamia, salmon and Asian cabbage

14 Dec


The weather is warming up here in Sydney, which means picnics and barbecues are the mainstays of eating. We Sydney-siders love a chance to eat in the great outdoors, whether its on a towel at the beach, on a friend`s verandah or in the park. Summer is when Sydney is at its showy-off best: hot days, blue skies, balmy nights when the sun takes forever to set, festivals, long days at the beach…

Reading this, you wouldn’t actually realize that summer is my least favourite season. The heat and I are enemies. I only have to look out the window on a summer day and I am burnt. My Anglo Celtic skin demands broad-brimmed hats, long sleeves, SPF 50-plus and shade. Give me a shady spot with a tall glass of something cool and spiked and a slightly breeze and I am happy.

The best part about summer is eating fresh, healthy food. As a pescetarian of some 25 years it is the perfect opportunity to indulge in salad with a protein hit.

This salad is the perfect meal or side dish for Christmas Day – it has crunch, luxury items like macadamia nuts, greenery, and some protein. It takes minutes to throw together but looks and tastes amazing.

It would also be a perfect Boxing Day meal, an ideal antidote to the previous day`s eatfest.

I recommend assembling this salad right before serving so it doesn’t wilt – you really want the crunch of the cabbage leaves. This salad serves 4 so feel free to multiply it to serve the number of guests on Christmas Day. I always serve salad dressing on the side rather than pouring it over.

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One Chinese cabbage (wombok) shredded finely

Two packets hot smoked salmon, roughly broken up – I prefer the pepper fillets

One bunch flat leaf parsely, leaves removed and stems discarded

300 grams roasted macadamias

freshly ground sea salt and black pepper


¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons minced garlic



Place all ingredients, except the dressing, in large salad bowl and toss. Serve with dressing on the side.

Dressing: place all ingredients into a glass jar with screw top lid and shake until combined. Place in glass serving jug. If making dressing in advance remove from fridge about 20 minutes before serving.






10 Responses to “The perfect Christmas Day salad: macadamia, salmon and Asian cabbage”

  1. Philip December 14, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

    This is a lovely, refreshing salad. A great treat

  2. ladyredspecs December 15, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    Where the cake? Just kidding! I love hot smoked peppered salmon, they’re a fabulous ingredient to build a salad around, yum…

    • The Hungry Mum December 15, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      You joke but it is true!!! I never get great results from posting non-cake recipes 😉 Fear not, there will be more sugar coming your way soon!

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 15, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    Hehe I remember you saying how much you disliked summer before which is funny because I can’t deal with winter! I have been using a lot of finely shredded wombok in salads lately. It’s so mild in flavour!

    • The Hungry Mum January 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

      Yes, I should def live in Scotland or Norway or Vancouver! Stupid pale skin, I only look out the window and I go red 😦 Wombok is fab, I love the noodle salad that uses it, too.

  4. Laura @ Feast Wisely December 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    Lovely Hungry Mum – although the summer heat has felt like a distant memory today!

    • The Hungry Mum January 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks! And again today was v mild, which makes me v happy :0

  5. ChgoJohn December 19, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    A salad? Who are you and what have you done with our much-beloved Hungry Mum? Someone check under her bed for a pod!!! I feel better now …
    This salad does sound like a great one. It’s so fresh looking and appealing, just right for the upcoming holidays for y’all in the very deep south and any hot summer day. Who wants a heavy meal when it’s sweltering outdoors? Here, I’ll be going out in a few minutes to clear the latest snowfall. Taking the wind into consideration, it’s about -23˚ C. Chili is on my menu for today and I’ll be baking some bread, too. Need to warm up!!!

    • The Hungry Mum January 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

      MINUS 23!!! Lord, that IS cold!!! You will be v happy to know that I have just posed a recipe chocful of fat and sugar and whisky 😉 My healthy recipes always are a major flop in terms of visitors!!! Hope 2017 is a fab year for you!

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