This delicious salmon and potato salad from Diana makes a terrific quick supper or light lunch dish


  • 500 g small waxy potatoes; Ulrike: Linda
  • knob of butter, for frying
  • 200 g salmon
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 200 g green beans, topped and tailed
  • 300 g watercress, picked; Ulrike: cress
  • 1 1/2 tbsp oil, Ulrike: sunflower


  • 375 ml buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp whipping cream; Ulrike: coffee cream
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 4 tbsp chervil, finely chopped


modified by Ulrike Westphal from:


  1. BUTTERMILK DRESSING: Combine the buttermilk, cream, garlic, spring onions, chervil and some freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl and set aside until needed.
  2. Cook the potatoes in their skins in a large pan of boiling salted water until tender. Drain, if necessary peel them, add a knob of butter, then set them aside until needed.
  3. Season the salmon well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a knob of butter in a frying pan and cook the salmon over a high heat for 2 minutes on each side, until it is really well coloured. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and let the salmon finish cooking in its own juices.
  4. In a separate pan, cook the bacon for 2 minutes, then add the green beans.
  5. Break the salmon up into very large flakes (you can either include the skin or discard it) and put it into a serving bowl.
  6. Add the potatoes, bacon, watercress and beans and toss gently until combined. Drizzle over the buttermilk dressing and toss again.

total time: 30 minutes
preparation time: 10 minutes
cook/baking time: 15 minutes