Fresh salmon starter with goat cheese, beetroot, apple and radishes

Fresh salmon starter with goat cheese, beetroot, apple and radishes

Let the Christmas countdown begin! I’ve got 4 more recipes for you guys this month, 3 of which are featured in the Carraig Donn Christmas Lookbook 2016! I’m going to start at the beginning with a great first course: a fresh starter made from smoked salmon, goat cheese and lots of healthy ingredients: beetroot, apples and radishes. Being in charge of the Christmas dinner starter is never an easy job, as it may seem hard to get creative or original but it’s actually one of the courses you can get most creative with, as well as with appetisers. I’ve never had the same starter in any of my Christmas parties, whereas the main course is usually the same each year. So if you are in charge of coming up with starters for your party this year: cheer up! You’re the lucky one! I hope you’ll enjoy this starter as much as I did, and to persuade you even more to try it: It’s very easy to make and can be done right on the spot, which will contribute even more to the freshness of it.

I believe in having a very balanced combination of meals so I recommend not starting out with a very heavy starter/first course, especially if you have started of your Christmas party with some appetisers already. Not serving any appetisers? You can make this starter richer by serving it with miniature bowls of soup, like you can see in my beetroot soup recipe, which goes really well with this salmon starter.

Wondering where those gorgeous bowls and plates come from? Have a look at my post about my favourite Christmas plates & decorations from Carraig Donn.

Fresh salmon starter with goat cheese, beetroot, apple and radishes

Serves: 4 people


  • 250g Smoked salmon
  • 2 Red apples
  • 2 cooked Beetroots
  • 8 Radishes
  • 200g soft Goat Cheese
  • 3 teaspoons of honey
  • Fresh thyme, basil and dill
  • tablespoon of lemon juice
  • To serve: toasted bread, green salad, guacamole and sour cream


Roll goat cheese into small balls of about 1 cm. Just before serving: slice up beetroot and radishes. Slice up the apple last and drizzle a few drops of lemon juice on top to prevent browning. Layer your plate with salmon, sliced apple, radishes and beetroot, goat cheese and drizzle with honey.
Finish with fresh thyme, dille and basil and serve with salad, toasted bread and dips like guacamole, sour cream, ..
Fresh salmon starter with goat cheese, beetroot, apple and radishes
Fresh salmon starter with goat cheese, beetroot, apple and radishes

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  • Reply
    Stephanie Parrell
    December 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This meal is mind blowing. It looks so good, a light and healthy option for a starter for sure. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    December 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    This looks so delicately plated and so delicious! Love salmon!
    xo Jessica

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    Ruthie Ridley
    December 7, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    This looks so amazing and yummy!!! I want to try it! Great app!!

  • Reply
    December 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I would have never thought to pair all of these together but it looks amazing. I will definitely be trying it this season!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Johnson
    December 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    This looks so yummy! I love the combination of food. I never would have thought to put all those things together in one dish.

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    Abby Castro
    December 8, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I’m the biggest salmon fan there is! I totally need to try this recipe – coincidentally, I was just writing down our shopping list as I just finished making our menu for the Christmas Eve. This could still make it! ha!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    Vincent Carabeo
    December 8, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I couldn’t pay attention because I kept looking at how delicious they look. Beautiful images, great recipe and certainly wish you could send this my way hahaha

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