Warm Smoked Trout Pasta Salad with Dill and Creme Fraiche

May 31, 2012

It’s been three months since my beautiful friend, Peta, moved to France. Peta is a true gem, she’s kind, ever generous, energetic and fun, as well as being incredibly adept at offering good advice. And so, you can imagine, she is dearly missed.

One stunning Sunday afternoon before she left, Peta’s family threw her a going away party. Besides that fervent combination of excitement and sadness in the pit of my stomach, I recall from that day a smoked trout pasta salad, which had Ben and I in a particular spin. It was light, understated and terribly scrumptious.

And so, some Sundays later, I decided to recreate this pasta salad for lunch. My version is a little jazzed up, a little more gutsy. I fear you couldn’t name it understated. Yet it remains light and terribly scrumptious. I find it to be fresh, comforting and all round rather favourable.

You might just call this my ideal weekend lunch.

Ben and I leave for our honeymoon in four weeks, which means that in five weeks I will be reunited with my lovely Peta. It’ll be all French wine and cheese, with long walks through gardens and down boulevards, exploring the streets of Paris. Then we’ll sit on our Moroccan Riad rooftop sipping mint tea, before heading to the bustling night food markets. All the while talking life, love, hopes, dreams and adventure. I can hardly wait.

Warm Smoked Trout Pasta Salad with Dill and Creme Fraiche

Serves 4, for a light lunch.


250g Pasta
150g Smoked Trout
75g Green Beans
60g Radish
2 handfuls Baby Spinach
4 tablespoons Creme Fraiche
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Garlic-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil (if you do not have any, I highly suggest you purchase some. I buy Cobram Estate brand, found in Woolworths. Or simple use more extra virgin olive oil).
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Dill
Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Pepper


1. Put a pot of salted water on to boil.
2. Cut your green beans into quarters or thirds (depending how long your bean is).
3. Slice your radish (not too fine, you want some crunch) and flake your smoked trout with a fork into a small bowl then set aside.
4. Add your pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook according to packet instructions until al dente (please do not over-cook your pasta! It’s a true crime). While the pasta is cooking, steam your green beans for a few minutes in a steamer over the top of the pasta pot. You want them cooked but to still have a little crunch to them. Once the beans are cooked, run them under cold water to arrest the cooking process, then set aside.
5. While you wait for your pasta to finish cooking, prepare your dressing: add the creme fraiche, oils and lemon juice to a small bowl. Stir vigorously to combine. Add a little sea salt and a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper. Stir again, then set aside.
6. To a large bowl, add your spinach leaves. One your pasta is cooked, drain it then add to the large bowl on top of the spinach leaves, stirring and allowing the leaves to wilt ever so slightly. Add your beans, radish, trout, dill and then 2/3rds of your dressing. Toss well to combine and then add as much of the remaining dressing as you desire (I had a little left over). Serve.

Heidi xo
  • Miss T May 31, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Im always heavy handed with creme fraiche – because I love it – but it makes my sauces a bit over whelming, depending on my mood this can be a good thing. Reuniting with friends is the best feeling in the world – can't wait to see photos, especially of Morocco.
    T x

  • Leah May 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    looks delicious Heidi xo

  • Oh, Natalie.. May 31, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Girl can cook.. Yummy! x

  • Oh, Natalie.. May 31, 2012 at 10:15 am

    PS. I love dill but The Boy thinks that it overpowers anything it is added too. Sigh to living with a boy who doesn't like dill (or olives!)

  • Yasmeen May 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This is such a lovely lunch or dinner – yum! By the sounds of your honeymoon I am positively thrilled FOR you! Have a beautiful time (it goes without saying that you will). Ours is coming up in about 5 weeks and I have all the same thoughts about it – optimism, hope, excitement.

  • xoCATox May 31, 2012 at 10:27 am

    YUM this looks like a perfect lunch! Something that I could easily pack with a salad and take to work too! Will have to give it a try 🙂

    I'm so excited for you about honeymoon adventures too, and can't wait to hear about it and see lots of photos! xx

  • Nic@diningwithastud May 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

    What a gorgeously light pasta dish. Looks and sounds delicious 😀

  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy May 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What a pretty, refined and tasty meal Heidi. I love smoked trout – the flavours would be perfect together. I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris too!

  • Emma - Living through our renovations... May 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    The salad looks amazing!….and your honeymoon sounds like heaven! x

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    a delightful combination of flavours!

  • Michelle Chin May 31, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    smoked trout in pasta! <3

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Ooho so soon for your honeymoon! How exciting! 😀 I adore smoked trout!

  • The InTolerant Chef May 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Love love love smoked trout! I also hope you find some time inbetween lovey-dovey stuff to blog your adventures- I'm sure Ben won't mind 🙂

  • Hannah May 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Nothing compares to the soul-calm, mind-giddy, heart-whirring joy of friendships based on the deepest, truest love and understanding and shared senses of fun and worldviews.

    I could have written that more eloquently. But I know you know what I mean.

    Also, oh Heidi, when we met, you were talking of how Peta was going to leave. How is time going so fast? How?

  • mamacino May 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Okay…I've never used smoked trout! Where do I get it and what do I ask for…this pasta dish is on my list!

  • Chocolate Shavings May 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Pretty pasta dish – and have a fabulous trip!

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I'm following her on instagram and I'm ever so jealous of the amazing time she appears to be having over there.

    This pasta looks fantastic.

    Yay only 4 weeks to go!

  • Heidi June 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Miss T – I can't wait to show you guys the pics! Yes using creme fraiche sparingly is key, it's divine when you do 🙂

    Leah – thank you, lovely.

    Natalie – oh, what a crime!!!!! 🙂

    Yasmeen – oh how exciting! Have a brilliant time, lovely.

    Cat – I'm so excited!!!

    Nic – why thanks 🙂

    Anna – thank you, it is rather refined 🙂

    Emma – too good to be true!!

    Lisa – thanks!

    Michelle – ooooh me too…

    Lorraine – SO exciting!!

    InTolerant Chef – surely he won't 😉 I'll def post a few pics, then will write lots when I get back!

    Hannah – SO fast, it's crazy. Thanks, lovely 🙂

    Mamacino – it's divine! You can get it in the supermarket near the smoked salmon packs. Or from deli's you can get a whole smoked trout!

    Chocolate Shavings – thank you!

    Michele – yay!!! I know, her pics are so gorgeous!

    Heidi xo

  • KittyCate June 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Ohhhhh so yummy! There is something about smoked trout and creme fresh and dill that is just perfection! You guys are going to have such a wonderful honeymoon, I will be looking forward to seeing gorgeous food photos when you get back xx

  • Ingrid August 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    This is my new favourite meal – it is even better cold for lunch the next day, yum!

    I'm looking forward to trying more of your recipes – the brown seeded soda rolls look delicious.

  • Heidi August 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Ingrid, thanks for you lovely comment! So happy you like this recipe.
    Heidi xo