Seasame Salmon & Rice Noodle Salad

There is absolutely no denying this is simply one of the tastiest lunches around! It can either be eaten warm or alternatively it is delicious cold, when cooked in advance.  And with salmon bursting with essential fats it is very good for you too.


Serves: 4

Preheat oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Dietary Info: Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free


  • 4 skinless salmon fillets
  • (approximately 100g per person)
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded
  • 100g mange tout
  • 20 leaves of fresh mint
  • 20 leaves of fresh coriander
  • 120g rice or angel noodles
  • a handful of salad leaves, washed
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin


  • Cover a baking tray with some baking parchment or use a non-stick tray.  Place the salmon fillets onto the tray.
  • Place on the middle shelf of the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until just cooked.
  • While the salmon is cooking, peel the grapefruit and cut into segments. Thinly slice the red pepper and mange tout into strips. Wash the herbs; there is no need to chop these, simply just break off the leaves. Keep all these ingredients to one side.
  • Empty the rice noodles into a large heat proof bowl.  Boil the kettle and pour enough hot water over the noodles to cover them. Stir and leave to stand for 6-8 minutes or as per pack instructions until just soft. When cooked strain through a colander. If you are making this in advance you can put the noodles straight into cold water to stop the cooking process and keep them fresh.
  • Arrange the salad leaves on serving plates. Mix the drained noodles with some sesame oil and place in the centre. Scatter over the mange tout and red pepper strips
  • Remove the salmon fillets from the oven and immediately sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Place the sesame salmon on top of the noodles and scatter the grapefruit segments, mint and coriander around the dish.

To serve

  • Mix the soy sauce and mirin in a jug and pour on to taste.

Jennifer’s Tip

Grapefruit segments are delicious added to salads of all kinds.  We find the best way to get clean segments is to cut a thin slice off the top and bottom of the grapefruit to create a flat surface.  Then glide your knife down the sides of the grapefruit, following the contour to remove the peel and pith.  Discard any peel or skin.  Make a small cut with your knife following the inside membrane of a segment, cut down the other side until the slice meets in the middle and your perfectly prepared segment should pop out. Continue until you have prepared all segments of the grapefruit.

This recipe is from Jennifer’s book, The Diet for Food Lovers available on Amazon (The Orion Publishing Group)