I am thrilled to have be invited to blog for Woolworths this year as part of their Masterchef South Africa campaign. They are one of the main sponsors in the second season of the very popular TV series. I get to create 3 recipes over the season using a list of ingredients provided (see my first list below), and the rules are that I need to use each ingredient on the list (in whatever quantity) and I have olive oil, salt and pepper as the only additional ingredients to use. I just loved this challenge.

You will find my recipe on the new Woolworths Masterchef Hub.

My first list of ingredients initially intrigued me. The theme was bread, so I had that plus egg, cos (romaine) lettuce and salmon on the list (amongst other things). There was also ginger, which didn’t quite fit in with everything else so I had to find a way to incorporate it subtly. I thought of an option to grill the salmon with a crumb topping and serve this with a salad, or grill the salmon and serve it on en croute or in a sandwich, but in the end, I decided to fully utilise all the lovely green vegetables and make the salad the main event. The list also included everything necessary to make a tasty mayonnaise.

Having seen last nights episode which was all about making a gourmet sandwich, perhaps this is what they had expected? Nevermind, they got it covered, and put together a stunning video on how to make a:  Ciabatta with seared salmon, asparagus, poached egg and baby caper mayonnaise. 

I’m a little pleased that I tried something different and this is my variation of Caesar’s salad made with salmon. It’s packed with flavour, has a good dose of crunchy elements and a tangy unctuous dressing. It’s rather delicious if I may say so myself.

Get all the components ready and assemble the salad just before serving.

Recipe | Serves 2

Seasoned salt:

  • 3T sea salt flakes
  • ½ tsp ginger, finely grated
  • ¼ chilli, finely chopped


  • 250g Norwegian salmon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 large head of cos lettuce, or 2 smaller heads
  • half an avocado, thinly sliced
  • 80g fresh asparagus, cut into thick pieces on the diagonal


  • 1 large free-range egg yolk
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 – 2 tsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp capers, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • ¼ tsp of seasoned salt


  • half a loaf of ciabatta, cut into slices
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp of seasoned salt
  • rainbow black peppercorns, freshly ground

Pre-heat the oven to 200 C

1. Make the seasoned salt by combining all the ingredients and grinding them in a pestle and mortar. Set aside.

2. To make the croutons, mix the seasoned salt with the olive oil, and brush the slices of ciabatta on both sides. Cut them into small cubes, and spread these on a baking sheet, season with freshly ground rainbow pepper, and bake for about 10 – 15 minutes until golden brown, turning over halfway through.

3. While the croutons are in the oven, heat a non-stick frying pan. Add the seasoned salt to the olive oil and mix. Brush both sides of the fish with the seasoned oil and fry flesh side down for about 3 – 4 minutes per side, turning once. Set aside.

4. To make the mayonnaise dressing, whisk the egg yolk and mustard together. Slowly add the olive oil in a small stream whilst whisking all the time. Once the mayonnaise has emulsified, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well. Set aside.

5. Bring a small pot of water to the boil and blanch the asparagus for 3 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold water and set aside.

6. When you have all your elements prepared, toss the salad leaves and croutons through the mayonnaise to coat. Place the leaves on a flat plate and top with the avocado and asparagus. Flake the fish into large pieces and place them on the salad.

List of ingredients I had to make my recipe:

  • ciabatta
  • Norwegian salmon
  • ginger
  • chilli
  • cos lettuce
  • asparagus
  • avocado
  • eggs
  • Parmesan
  • salt
  • rainbow peppercorns
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • limes
  • French mustard
  • white wine vinegar
  • capers

What would you make if you had these items in your pantry?

pan fried salmon salad with a caper mayonnaise


  1. Congratulations! This is one beautiful salad. I bet it tastes extremely good.

    Gorgeous clciks.



  2. Lovely recipe Sam. The chili and ginger were quite hard ingredients to incorporate with the rest of the ingredients so great idea with the seasoned salt.

  3. Sam

    Thanks K, I really battled with the ginger, I don’t think the flavour gels with all the other (caper, Dijon etc) flavours.

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