Garden leaves with smoked salmon & cheat's blinis

Smoked salmon & easy blinis

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 6

Give your guests a fresh, light start to a dinner party meal with this glamorous, seasonal starter

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal240
  • fat14g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.86g
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  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 100g mixed garden leaves
  • 200g pack smoked salmon
  • 3 cooked beetroot, finely diced



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

For the blinis

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 egg, separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 150ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 25g butter, melted



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • bunch chives, snipped
  • sunflower oil, for cooking
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…


  1. For the blini mix, tip the flour into a bowl, then season. Make a well in the middle, then add the egg yolk and half the milk. Whisk until smooth, gradually add the rest of the milk, then the butter and chives. Whisk the egg whites until starting to stiffen, then fold into the batter. To cook, lightly grease a frying pan, then sizzle spoonfuls for 2-3 mins on each side until golden, flipping them over when bubbling. Set aside and keep warm.

  2. Make a dressing in a large bowl with the mustard, vinegar and olive oil. Add the leaves, then toss. Serve the salad, salmon and blinis with some beetroot on the side.

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Rebecca Rock's picture
Rebecca Rock
25th Jan, 2020
Dashed home and quickly made these before friends came round. Great recipe. Mine where the right consistency. I used buckwheat flour, maybe that made the difference....
Valerie Jackson's picture
Valerie Jackson
24th Jan, 2019
Very disappointing I was expecting light fluffy pancakes instead of that I got flat heavy ones. I thought the beaten egg white would give it lift but not so. For me this was a waste of time and waste of ingredients. Sorry
13th Dec, 2016
Can you make these in advance - a couple of days say.
30th Jul, 2015
These are lush. Simple to make but impressive. Thank you James Martin. ☺
30th Jul, 2015
These are lush ☺ Pretty simple but very impressive. Thank you James Martin.
6th Feb, 2015
I'm going to try these for pancake day!
19th Apr, 2012
Simple laid back summer time starter, but always successful. I add a dab of Creme Fraiche with a swidge of lemon juice.
24th Mar, 2011
Can you make these in advance and warm them through later ?
24th Oct, 2017
As others have asked (but not in questions!) Can these be made in advance and warmed through??
goodfoodteam's picture
27th Oct, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can reheat the blinis either briefly in the microwave or warm through in the oven. Store the blinis between sheets of baking parchment in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
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