This trout and popcorn salad (yes, popcorn!) is the most fun and elegant ensemble ever

We never would have thought of it and we're never looking back.

We never would have thought of it and we're never looking back

(Photography by Alexandre Champagne)

One of the things that drew us to Marilou and Alexandre Champagne’s cookbook Three Times a Day: Simple and Stylish is the way that they infuse simple dishes with interesting flavours we would’ve never thought to bring together. This fresh and flavourful salad is emblematic of that. Filled with vivid and crisp vegetables, seared trout, a tangy dressing and... popcorn! It’s delightfully unexpected and this might be the most fun yet elegant salad we’ve come across to date.

Trout & Popcorn Salad with Creamy Apple Dressing

By Marilou Champagne and Alexandre Champagne


  • 14 oz fresh trout fillet, cut in half
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups mesclun salad mix
  • 4 Lebanese cucumbers, cut into rounds
  • A few cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ cups plain or seasoned popcorn


  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


In a bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients. Set aside.

Season the trout generously. In a pan, over high heat, heat the olive oil. Sear the trout for 2 minutes per side. Remove the skin and set aside.

In a salad bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Add the popcorn, and toss to combine. Top with the trout. Drizzle with the dressing.


Dressing keeps for 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge

Recipes and photos from Three Times a Day: Simple and Stylish copyright © 2017, by Marilou & Alexandre Champagne, reproduced by permission of House of Anansi Press Inc., Toronto. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without written permission from the publisher.

Servings: Makes 2 servings


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