Chicory Codfish Boats

Chicory codfish boats
It`s the cold freezing time of the year and you don`t want to miss out on salads? No worries there are plenty of options that are in season* during winter. For example different cabbages like Chinese cabbage, savoy cabbage, red and white cabbage, kale or nut lettuce, purslane, beetroot and red and white chicory, all suitable to prepare delicious salads. Today we are going for the latter one paired up with some codfish to provide ourselves with proteins and essential omega fatty acids. To add some spice you can add home roasted pumpkin seeds and pine nuts. 
One nice aspect about this salad is that by mixing it up with enough of the below mentioned dressing you won`t even feel the bitter taste of the chicory leaves. If the salad still is too bitter for your liking just prepare and add more dressing.
*Please be aware of the fact that all above mentioned vegetables are seasonal in Switzerland during winter. There eventually isn`t any coincidence in your region. 
roasting pumpkin seeds and pine nuts at home
Ingredients (for 2 servings):
  • 1 handful organic pumpkin seeds
  • 1 handful organic pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon organic canola oil
  • 2 codfish filets
  • 16 organic chicory leaves, rinsed off
  • 2 to 3 handful organic winter leaf lettuce mix, rinsed off (available already prepared in supermarket)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons organic walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoon fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon organic white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon organic vegan mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • heat a skillet and add pumpkin seeds and pine nuts
  • roast until pine nuts get golden brown and pumpkin seeds start to pop, put aside and let cool down
  • heat canola oil in the same skillet
  • add codfish filets and fry until golden brown, put aside and let cool down
  • arrange chicory leaves on two plates
  • place a little bit of leaf lettuce into every chicory leave
  • break the codfish filets into little pieces and scatter them over the chicory leaves
  • sprinkle the roasted pumpkin seeds and pine nuts over the chicory leaves
  • add walnut oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, mustard, salt and black pepper to a shaker or closable glass 
  • shake until evenly mixed, then drizzle the dressing over the chicory leaves
Chicory salad with codfish
Pretty cute outcome and easy to prepare don`t you think?
The chicory leaves look like little boats.  For that reason is also a perfect starter if you are having guests or friends over. There are also plenty of variations in regard to the sort of fish you can add. You might use salmon, canned tuna or even anchovies if you like their salty flavor. So tell me what kind of fish would you prefer?

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