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Beetroot-Cured Salmon with Tarragon and Dill Recipe

Gluten-free Beetroot-Cured Salmon with Tarragon and Dill

Credit: Meg Thompson

Although this recipe takes time, the effort is minimal and the result is beautiful! Salmon gives us a delicious dose of anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids and the earthy beetroot complements the dish.

Serves: 8



  • 400–450g fillet salmon, skin on & deboned
  • 1 beetroot, peeled & grated
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup rock salt
  • 1 tbsp rapadura sugar
  • 25g fresh horseradish, grated
  • 1½ tbsp vodka or gin (optional)
  • ¼ cup dill, chopped
  • ¼ cup tarragon, chopped
  • Horseradish cream, to serve
  1. Place salmon, skin side down, in dish around same size as it, with sides of at least 10cm.
  2. In separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients, except herbs, and let sit for a few mins.
  3. Stir again (juices will have begun to leach from beetroot).
  4. Cover salmon with beetroot mix.
  5. Cover well with plastic wrap, tucking down sides to cover salmon as best you can.
  6. Place heavy plate or dish on top to weigh it down a little and compress mix into salmon.
  7. Place in fridge and allow to cure for at least 12 hours, up to 36 hours.
  8. Remove from fridge, take salmon out of dish and, holding over the sink, carefully rub off beetroot mix. Pat dry with paper towel.
  9. Place on cutting board and arrange dill and tarragon on top, gently pressing onto salmon.
  10. Using sharp knife, slice salmon as thinly as possible, stopping just before skin so as not to include in slices.
  11. Serve topped with a little horseradish cream, as is, on dense bread or as part of larger platter.


Meg Thompson

Meg Thompson is a practising naturopath, cook, mother, writer and passionate wholefood enthusiast based in Melbourne. Meg’s interest in health, food and the role of food as medicine has shaped her career and lifestyle. Following an early career in psychology and education, she completed studies in naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine and now runs a successful clinical practice. Meg works from a philosophy that food is much more than something to fill our bellies, but a source of nourishment, deliciousness, education, ritual and celebration, best shared with those we love.