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A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother's Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood?

A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother’s Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood? 

A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother's Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood? I hope the word “tart” didn’t strike fear in your heart. If you are anything like me, the thought of fiddling about making proper, light pastry fills you with mild terror and an outbreak of hot, sweaty palms – NOT good for pastry-making.

Rest assured this savory tart is a simple recipe involving little more than some creamy ricotta, eggs, smoked salmon, defrosted cooked prawns/shrimp and puff pastry. That’s pretty much it. All normal supermarket ingredients, which is not always the case on food to glow. I think it would make a delectable, light and easy lunch for Mother’s Day, celebrated in the US this coming Sunday. Hello, Moms!

A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother's Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood? Right now asparagus is in season in the US and the UK, as well as Europe. We in the UK tend to go for what you see in the images – thin, green, pencil-like spears (confession: photos taken in March of imported asparagus). But we also grow and love the stubbier, more alien-looking, purple varieties – although these are more commonly available in farm shops than the supermarkets. In continental Europe white, sunlight-deprived and very delicately-flavoured asparagus is preferred. But you would have to look pretty hard for the best examples: you will probably only find it field-fresh in the markets of Italy and southern France. Lucky sods.

If you can get wonky, fresh, market asparagus, the sandy soil still clinging to its gnarled stems and budded tips, hang the price and just get it. Commercial asparagus is grown to be straight and of uniform size, but the best stuff – and wild stuff if you can get it – is like a class photo: some tall, some short, some bean poles and some a bit chunky. All in the same twine and paper-wrapped bunch. Asparagus, not children. 🙂 My advice: don’t put it in a tart, or even roast it. Just steam the asparagus and dip in melted, salted English or French butter, then angle it into your mouth. Heaven!

"wonky" small-scale local asparagusNutritionally asparagus has always been a dieter’s friend, being low in calories and sodium but high in essential nutrients: vitamins C, K, E, B vitamins (except B12), copper, selenium, potassium and actually quite a lot more. It is also a hugely valuable and delicious source of quercetin, a well-studied flavonoid antioxidant. Researchers have long considered quercetin, and other flavonoids contained in fruits and vegetables, important in cancer prevention. Other top sources of quercetin include onions, apples (loads in the peel), citrus fruits, berries, tea, sage, olive oil, grapes and cherries. Supplements of quercetin may interfere with medications, so stay on the safe side and munch away on asparagus and bright red and deep purple fruits.

And a word about the, ahem, odor. It is perfectly normal, although it doesn’t affect everyone, and not everyone can smell it anyway. If you want to know more about this aspect of asparagus (well, you might), read in the Health Benefits section of this article on World’s Healthiest Foods. It’s actually kind of interesting!

Now that I have probably put you off asparagus and this tart, here’s the recipe. 🙂 I hope you like it. I was inspired to make this by an Instagram post from @momskitchenhandbook, where she used smoked salmon, asparagus and creamed cheese. Thanks for the inspiration, Katie!

A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother's Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood?

Asparagus, Smoked Salmon and Shrimp Tart

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother’s Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood?  xx

300g puff pastry (gluten-free if needed; Genius and Jus-Rol brands widely available in the UK), removed from the fridge about 20 minutes before you wish to roll it, but still cold

Flour to roll out the pastry

300g ricotta cheese, beaten with a fork

2 medium organic eggs, lightly whisked

White pepper, about 1/4 tsp

3 tbsp each finely minced dill and chives, divided use

100g best smoked salmon, torn or cut into small pieces

100g defrosted, cooked small shrimps/prawns (or all smoked salmon)

350-400g green asparagus

2 tbsp capers – more to taste

Extra virgin olive oil, for asparagus and for dressing – about 3 tbsp plus 1 tsp*

Juice of 1/2 small lemon

1/2 tsp Dijon mustardA light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother's Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood?

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan/200C/400F. Line a lipped baking try with parchment paper. A tip is to have it overhang slightly from the tray on two opposite ends. Use a fingernail to score where it fits the edges of the tray. This will be your rolling guide. Remove it from the tray and sprinkle with a light dusting of flour.

2. Use the parchment paper as a guide to help roll the pastry to fit the tray, just shy of the tray’s edges. Lift the whole thing onto the tray. Use a small sharp knife to lightly score a “frame”. Brush a little of the beaten egg onto the pastry edges. If you have time, rest and chill it in the fridge for half an hour.

3. Pop the prepped pastry into the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and lightly run the knife around the inside edges, pressing the puffed middle gently to deflate.

4. While the pastry is par-baking, mix the ricotta, 2 tbsp each of the herbs, the pepper and remaining egg.

5. Snap the woody ends from the asparagus and lightly coat in 1 tsp of the oil.

6. Lay the salmon and prawns over the bottom of the baked pastry case, spread over the cheese mixture and then top with the asparagus spears; scatter over 1 tbsp of capers. Bake in the hot oven for 25 minutes, or until it is set, puffed and not wobbling. If a little of the eggy cheese mixture has spilled over, just trim it away and pop it in your mouth.

7. Remove the tart from the oven and cool a few minutes on a wire rack while you make the dressing and any salad you care to have with it.

8. For the dressing, pour the lemon juice and remaining oil into a lidded jar, add the mustard and shake well. Chop the remaining capers and stir in with the rest of the chopped herbs. Taste and adjust the flavours as you wish. Serve it drizzled over just-warm pieces of tart.

* If you have any smoked olive oil, use a little of this with the normal oil to enhance the smoky flavours.

A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother's Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood?

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If you like this recipe, why not Pin it to make later? I would be very happy if you did. And you can follow me on Pinterest, too. 🙂A light, easy lunch recipe that is perfect for Mother's Day, Easter, the kitchen table, or even a picnic. Fresh spring herbs and a caper dressing make this a little bit special. If you are vegetarian, why not sauté mushrooms and add to the filling instead of the seafood?

 

 

 

 

 

33 thoughts on “Asparagus, Smoked Salmon and Shrimp Tart

  1. Wow I love asparagus and salmon. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. That makes two of us! I adore smoked salmon (I’m naturalised Scottish!) and asparagus 🙂

  2. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    Love the smoked salmon and capers in this tart. This is the perfect elegant, no-fuss Mother’s Day dish. Well done Kellie. Now to find all-butter puff pastry here in Madrid! Not an easy feat. 😉

    1. I think we are lucky in the UK. We have all-butter puff pastry as a matter of course. And decent-ish gluten-free is becoming more common too.

  3. i love this combo thank you for your always smart and delicious recipes such an inspiration to me who is struggling anorexia and I NEED to make my plate comfort and nourishing and appealing enought to approach to🙏🏻

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I wish you well in your recovery, Elisabetta (what a pretty name!). One of the reasons that I don’t post calorie counts is because I used to work with young people who had eating disorders and know how highlighting calories in recipes can be damaging to some. I try and post generally healthy recipes that negate the need for posting the calories. 🙂

  4. Ann says:

    Looks so elegant, sure that it tastes wonderful.

  5. Wonderful looking dish. Yumm. And gorgeous photo set!

    1. Thanks so much, Mary. And the photo set is a battered old metal suitcase 🙂

  6. recipesfromapantry says:

    I agree with you – perfect for Mother’s day or a picnic. But even more perfect fro some me time in the garden with my kindle.

  7. Looks really enticing – all my favourite ingredients (with the exception of capers!).

    1. Ha ha – capers are optional, Fiona!

  8. Not only delicious but love how beautiful it looks thanks to the soldiered ranks of asparagus. Really gorgeous!

    1. Thanks so much, Kavey darling 🙂

  9. Annjenny says:

    Gosh this looks and sounds delicious! Another one to add to my list of things to make 😊

    1. Aw thanks honey. I hope you like it 🙂

  10. stateeats says:

    Oh man, that tart looks wayyy to pretty to eat! You could put wallpaper paste on puff pastry and I would probably eat it -Kat

    1. Ha ha! Please don’t eat the wallpaper!

  11. chefkreso says:

    This tart looks heavenly! Saving the recipe and trying it out as soon as I get the ingredients!

    1. Great to hear! It is pretty good and makes nice leftovers 🙂

  12. Amazing recipe, as always!

  13. What an incredible looking tart! I love the ingredients combo and your pictures are absolutely divine!!

  14. karen278 says:

    You cannot beat the smoked salmon and asparagus combo, and when using pastry as the vehicle, it makes it even more special, in my opinion! A stunning tart Kellie! Karen

  15. Salmon and shrimp, two of my favorite!! Can sense my taste buds tingling!! I ought to try this one next week!! Fingers crossed. 😛

  16. I love tarts like this, but I’m the only one in the house who likes asparagus. By the way I have to ask what your background is? I keep seeing it and wondering as there are rivets in it.

    1. It’s a metal vintage suitcase, Jac 😊😊

      1. Jacqueline Meldrum says:

        haha, I’d never have guessed!

  17. This sounds utterly, utterly delectable Kellie!

  18. belleaukitchen says:

    Oh my lord. So many recipes to catch up on! This is stunning and so summery. Love the blue background too. Just so pretty. Love salmon and asparagus. This would be my go to tart of the season!

  19. I absolutely love this and I made a similar tart recently and the flavours work so well together.

  20. This looks wonderful. Must try it!

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