Smoked Trout Salad with Herb & Horseradish Dressing

March/April 2008, The Simple Art of EatingWell

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Smoked trout tops heart-shaped watercress and mixed greens tossed with creamy horseradish dressing in this protein-packed appetizer salad.

Smoked Trout Salad with Herb & Horseradish Dressing

Makes: 4 servings

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Herb & Horseradish Dressing

  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche or reduced-fat sour cream (see Tips)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs, including chives, dill, flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Smoked Trout Salad

  • 1 head butterhead lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 4 cups bite-size pieces watercress or arugula (about 1 bunch), tough stems removed
  • 1 cup mâche (see Tips) or mixed salad greens
  • 4 ounces smoked trout fillet, skin removed
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed (optional)


  1. To prepare dressing: Whisk crème fraîche (or sour cream), herbs, horseradish, salt and pepper in a small bowl until combined.
  2. To prepare salad: Gently toss lettuce, watercress (or arugula) and mâche (or mixed greens) in a large bowl. Toss with Herb & Horseradish Dressing to coat. Divide the greens among 4 plates. Flake 1 ounce trout over each salad and sprinkle with scallions and capers (if using).

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 1) for up to 1 week.
  • Crème fraîche is a tangy, thick, rich cultured cream commonly used in French cooking. Find it in the dairy section of large supermarkets, usually near other specialty cheeses. Sour cream can be used as a substitute, or you can make your own lower-fat version by combining equal portions of reduced-fat sour cream and nonfat plain yogurt.
  • Mâche (“mosh”), also known as lamb’s lettuce or corn salad, is a tangy green that resembles watercress. Popular in Europe, it is enjoyed in the first salads of spring. Look for it in specialty stores, large supermarkets and farmers’ markets.


Per serving: 173 calories; 13 g fat (7 g sat); 30 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 2 g total sugars; 10 g protein; 2 g fiber; 437 mg sodium; 325 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (63% daily value), Vitamin C (42% dv), Folate (17% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat

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