Elegant whitefish salad is presented in its skin, nestled beside delicious smoked salmon and garnished with olives, lemon, and dill. Don't be overwhelmed by its lovely appearance: Using store-bought smoked fish allows you a little more time to spend on the presentation.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Remove flesh from fish, leaving skin in one piece, reserving skin. Discard bones. Coarsely chop flesh (you should have about 4 cups). Transfer to a medium bowl. Add celery, onion, and mayonnaise. Mix gently to combine.

  • Line a large platter with lettuce. Open reserved skin and place on platter, scale-side down. Mound salad onto one half of skin, using the skin as a template. Fold the remaining half of skin over salad, and gently press to form salad into the shape of the fish. Using scissors, cut top half of skin off, and discard. Using the edge of a spatula, gently score the salad to resemble the bones of the fish.

  • Arrange the smoked fish around the whitefish salad. Garnish with salmon roe, caperberries, olives, lemon slices, and herbs. Serve with bread and cream cheese, on the side.