Not to bore you with the woes of the digestively challenged, but I’ve had to omit many many things from my diet lately to try to figure out what’s making my insides so angry. The worst and most heart-breaking being dairy. Have I told you I like cheese? That in fact I love cheese so much my boyfriend has nicknamed me Cheesy Michi? Well, yes, I loooooove cheese and anything dairy related. So when the cut back was suggested I had to make some serious lifestyle adjustments, as I pretty much have something dairy in almost all the dishes I make.
I just adore smoked salmon, especially with cream cheese or creme fraiche. There is this lovely little cafe here in Austin by the name of Blue Dahlia Bistro, an adorable country French bistro with deliciously cheap food, great atmosphere and a killer happy hour. They have an amazing selection of tartines (open-faced sandwiches) and my favorite is the smoked salmon one. Smoky salmon, herbed creme fraiche, a drizzle of olive oil, and fresh dill on top of home-baked wheat bread. Just lovely. So I bought some smoked salmon at the grocery store not so long ago and was racking my brain thinking of something non-dairy to pair it with. The culinary light bulb went off, and I realized avocado would be perfect! It’s nature’s butter after all.
So that’s how this non-dairy tartine was created. And let me make this ridiculously bold statement: it’s better than your standard smoked salmon and cream cheese. Yes, I dare say it. Better. So simple. So perfect. So damn healthy. I pretty much eat this tartine at least every other day. I’m obsessed.
Smoked Salmon and Avocado Tartine
- about 2 oz smoked salmon
- 1/2 avocado
- your favorite fresh baked bread (I’m using whole wheat sourdough right now)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Spray a little olive oil on your bread and toast. In the meantime take your half of the avocado and, with a fork, mash until it’s creamy. Add a pinch of salt and lots of pepper and give it another mix. Take the toast, top it with the mashed avo, and top that with the smoked salmon.