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Smoked Trout and Summer Bean Salad

Scott Phillips

Servings: 6 as a main course, 10 to 12 as a starter or side

This ingenious combination of tangy yogurt, oil-cured olives, fresh cucumbers, and bunches of fragrant herbs, along with hearty beans and smoky fish, offers intriguing flavors in every bite.


  • 12 oz. (2-3/4 cups) green beans (or an assortment of string beans), string removed if tough, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed or grapeseed oil, preferably unfiltered
  • 4 cups cooked cranberry or cannellini beans (fresh, dried, or canned)
  • 2 small or 1 large cucumber, peeled if skin is tough, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh curly parsley, 1 tsp. reserved for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, 1 tsp. reserved for garnish
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. fresh marjoram leaves, coarsely chopped, 1 tsp. reserved for garnish
  • 1 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 8 to 10 oz. skinless smoked trout fillet

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 310
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 170
  • Fat (g): 19
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
  • Cholesterol (mg): 30
  • Sodium (mg): 500
  • Carbohydrates (g): 21
  • Fiber (g): 8
  • Protein (g): 14


  • In a 12-inch skillet, cook the green beans in the oil over medium heat until they begin to sizzle, 1 minute. Add 1 Tbs. water, cover, and steam until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the cranberry beans, cucumber, olives, onion, sunflower seeds, parsley, dill, lemon juice, vinegar, marjoram, lemon zest, and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix gently.
  • Arrange the salad on a large serving platter and top with dollops of yogurt. Crumble the trout into chunks and scatter over the top. Garnish with the reserved herbs and more black pepper and serve.


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  • ndchef | 07/07/2015

    This was really good! I used cannellini beans, no marjoram,as I don't have it in my herb garden, and drizzled olive oil over.I used my own smoked trout, and think even shrimp would be good. I also steamed the beans, just one step, as there are so many ingredients it can be daunting to make this. But it's very simple, and the Greek yogurt is a great touch.

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