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Salmon Tartare

Mediterranean-Style Recipe

Enjoy the fresh flavors of Mediterranean Salmon Tartare! It combines succulent salmon, zesty citrus, and fresh herbs. So fresh!

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1 pound salmon 450 g
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespons olive oil extra virgin
2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
2 tablespoons chives
1 shallot small
to taste salt
to taste fresh cracked pepper
to serve rice chips

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3 tablespoons
Serving Size
17.5 g
19 g
28 g
3 g
Saturated Fat
5.5 g
22 mg
8.3 g
89 mg
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      About the Recipe


      If you love fresh salmon, you will enjoy my favorite Mediterranean Salmon Tartare recipe! It is very easy to prepare and I make it in 13 minutes! 😉

      Salmon Tartare on a yellow plate with shrimp chips.

      What is the best season to make this recipe?

      This Salmon Tartare is a refreshing dish that can be enjoyed year-round, but I enjoy making it during the spring and summer months when fresh produce is abundant.

      Lime juice, lemon juice, and fresh herbs perfectly complement warm weather, making it an ideal choice for outdoor picnics, and al fresco dining.

      What are the health benefits of this dish?

      This Mediterranean Salmon Tartare is full of vitamins and nutrients.

      Fresh salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health and reduce inflammation.

      The addition of lime juice, lemon juice, and olive oil provides a boost of antioxidants and vitamins, while fresh herbs like cilantro and chives offer essential nutrients and add a burst of flavor.

      Where can I buy the required ingredients?

      I recommend visiting your local fish market or seafood counter to find high-quality fresh salmon fillet.

      Lime juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, cilantro, chives, and shallots can be found at most grocery stores or specialty food shops.

      Can I substitute any of the ingredients?

      If you want to change any ingredients or herbs, please keep in mind that it will change the flavor of this dish.

      I love experimenting with fresh herbs, adding white sweet onion instead of shallot, or red onion will give mild heat.

      For instance, if you don’t like cilantro, you can substitute it with fresh parsley or dill.

      Similarly, you can adjust the dish’s acidity by varying the proportions of lime juice, lemon juice, and rice vinegar, adding all or skipping some of them to suit your taste.

      Salmon Tartare on a yellow plate with shrimp chips.

      Can I make this dish part of a menu?

      Sure. Salmon Tartare is a versatile dish that can be incorporated into various menus and culinary experiences.

      Serve it as a refreshing appetizer at your next Mediterranean-themed dinner party or any gatherings.

      Pair it with other Mediterranean-inspired main dishes such as Poached Salmon in White Wine or Pecan Criusted Salmon.

      For a dessert, go with my Apple Cinanamon CakeKiwi Pavlova, or Raspberry Pavlova.

      Which drinks pair well with this dish?

      Complement the vibrant flavors of Salmon Tartare with a selection of Mediterranean-inspired beverages. Crisp and refreshing white wines will be a good choice, while a light and fruity wine rosé adds a touch of elegance to your dining experience.

      For non-alcoholic options, consider serving sparkling water infused with fresh citrus slices or a refreshing herbal iced tea for a delightful accompaniment.

      How long can I store the leftovers?

      While Salmon Tartare is best enjoyed fresh, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

      It’s important to consume the leftovers promptly to preserve the freshness and flavors of the dish.

      Please avoid freezing as it may change the texture and quality of the salmon.

      Recipe tips & tricks:

      • Choose the freshest salmon fillet available and remove the skin before preparing the tartare.
      • Dice the salmon into uniform pieces to ensure even seasoning and flavor distribution.
      • Adjust the seasoning to taste, adding salt and pepper gradually as needed.
      • Allow the flavors to meld together by refrigerating the Salmon Tartare for at least 30 minutes before serving.
      • Serve with crisp rice chips, crackers, or freshly baked bread for a delightful texture contrast.

      Enjoy my mouthwatering Mediterranean Salmon Tartare recipe!

      Mediterranean Salmon Tartare on a yellow plate with shrimp chips.

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      5 min

      Dice salmon

      Begin by ensuring that the salmon fillet is very fresh. Rinse it under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels. Then, use a sharp knife to finely dice the salmon into small pieces. Place the diced salmon in a mixing bowl.

      5 min

      Add seasoning

      In the same bowl with the diced salmon, add the lime juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and olive oil.
      Add the chopped cilantro, chives, and minced shallot to the bowl with the salmon.

      2 min

      Toss and season

      Gently toss all the ingredients together until the salmon is well coated with the lime juice, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, and herbs.

      Season the salmon tartare mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to taste test and adjust the seasoning as needed.

      30 min


      Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the mixture to an airtight container, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
      Once chilled, remove the salmon tartare from the refrigerator and give it a final stir. Taste again and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

      1 min


      To serve, you can either shape the salmon tartare into rounds using a ring mold or simply spoon it onto serving plates. You can also garnish with avocado slices, cucumber slices, or a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired. I serve it with shrimp chips, so good! (but totally optional). Your Mediterranean Salmon Tartare is ready. Enjoy!



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