≡ Menu ≡ Menu

Salmon and Fresh Coconut Salad

*This post is sponsored by Diabetes Australia.


Salmon is a fish that I like to serve for celebrations, it’s creamy, soft luscious flesh is loved by all members of our family.  This meal is festive, healthy and light, perfect for a hot Summer Christmas. The flavors are zesty and fresh. The slight nuttiness of the black rice and the crispness of the salad compliment the soft texture and rich buttery flavor of the salmon. 

Did you know:

  • Every five minutes an Australian is diagnosed with diabetes
  • An estimated 1.7 million Australians are affected by diabetes
  • Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease in the country: forecast to become the number one burden of disease in Australia in the next five years.

The eftpos Giveback 2013 is focused on giving back to Australia. This year the campaign will donate up to $2 million between the Cancer Council Australia and Diabetes Australia.

Press CHQ or SAV to help them donate. The eftpos Giveback donation will help fund a new online platform to revolutionize support for 1.5 million Australians with diabetes, prevention for more than 2 million people with pre-diabetes and an awareness campaign to focus on the seriousness of diabetes. 

Submit YOUR healthy recipe, judges are selecting one each week, with two submissions each receiving a $1,000 exclusive dining experience during the Giveback program.  The competition closes on December 24. You can find out more and submit your recipe here.

Salmon and Fresh Coconut Salad
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
A festive healthy meal, fresh and light.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Salad Dressing
  • 1 red chilli - deseeded
  • 1 teaspoon palm suger
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber - peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 small carrot - peeled and finely shaved
  • ¼ fresh coconut - finely sliced (or replace with dried shredded coconut)
  • ¼ small capsicum
  • ½ avocado - sliced
  • 1 cup black rice - cooked according to packet instructions
  • 400 grams fresh salmon - cut into 4 uniform sized pieces
  • black sesame seeds
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf finely shredded
  • 1 chilli sliced (optional)
Salad Dressing
  1. Pound the ingredients in a mortar and pestle until combined and set aside
Salmon and Salad
  1. Once the rice is cooked you can make it look a little festive by shaping it using a cookie cutter mold - I used a star shaped one.
  2. Combine the salad ingredients and place it on serving plates
  3. Cook the salmon in a hot pan for a few minutes each side until cooked as desired
  4. To serve, top the rice with the salad and/or the salmon
  5. Drizzle with the dressing and the extra shredded kaffir lime leaf and chili (optional)
I have not specified cook time for the salmon as it will vary depending on how rare you like to eat it and also how thick the pieces are.



Do you have a healthy recipe to submit to be in the running for a fabulous dining experience? Good luck!

I was financially compensated for developing this recipe.  If you are a regular reader you will recognize it to be the type of recipe that would appear here regardless of this.  





A Fresh Legacy

Share this post: Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest
Join me here: Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestrssinstagram

Get a weekly delivery of Fresh content straight to your in-box.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Lizzy (Good Things) December 10, 2013, 6:48 am

    Kyrstie, your recipe sounds absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing.

    • Kyrstie Barcak December 10, 2013, 9:09 pm

      Thanks Liz, you are very kind. What is on your menu for Christmas lunch?

  • erin @ she cooks, she gardens December 10, 2013, 3:04 pm

    Hey Kyrstie,

    Just wanted to say that I love your styling in this post (recipe looks great,too!), the fish looks lovely and inviting, and the salad gorgeously crisp. Yum!

    • Kyrstie Barcak December 10, 2013, 9:08 pm

      Thanks Erin, your feedback is greatly appreciated and valued. x

  • Nic@diningwithastud.com January 3, 2014, 1:32 pm

    What a gorgeous dish! The coconut salad sounds soooo good!

  • Chrissy December 9, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Yumm this looks devine! Fresh & healthy just what we love 🙂
    Well actually all of your recipes look fresh & healthy ! xx

Leave a Comment

Next post:

Previous post: