Tis the season for strawberries!
Here’s a lovely dish that features sweet, in-season strawberries.
This bright slaw lends itself beautifully to the richness of salmon and this dish is a great summer time treat.
1 lb strawberries, sliced thinly from base to tip
1 medium bulb fennel, very thinly sliced (we use a mandolin)
Handful of fresh basil, chiffonade (stack the leaves together, roll them up and slice thinly)
Handful of fresh mint, chiffonade
zest of 2 lemons
juice of one lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
Combine the ingredients a bowl; let the slaw sit for 30 minutes to allow flavours to marry.
Pan sear a piece of salmon; spread the aioli on top of the salmon and top with the strawberryfennel
Slice a baguette and brush with olive oil; grill the bread. Spread a generous helping of aioli on the
bread along with some fresh salmon and top with the strawberry-fennel slaw.
This recipe yields about 3 cups of aioli. Use the aioli within 3 days.
In a pinch, you can take mayonnaise and add some fresh garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest to it.
• 3 cloves garlic, very finely minced
• . teaspoon lemon zest
• . cup lemon juice
• . cup water (may need more, may need less)
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 4 large egg yolks
• . cup olive oil
• . cup grapeseed or canola oil
• salt and white pepper to taste
Place the garlic, lemon zest, half the lemon juice and a generous pinch of salt in a bowl along with
1 tbsp of water and the mustard. Whisk the contents.
Add the egg yolks and whisk until the mixture becomes light in colour and begins to increase in
volume; while whisking, very slowly begin to drizzle the oil into the egg mixture. This is the
emulsification process; if you add the oil too quickly the mixture will separate. Continue
whisking until you’ve used all the oil; at this point you can adjust the thickness of the aioli by
adding the remainder of the lemon juice and water as needed.
Season to taste.
If you’re intimidated by this process but you want to make aioli from scratch, you can do this in a
blender. The same steps apply.