05 June 2010

Lomi Lomi Salmon

My sister and I were born four years and 10 days apart. My birthday is just before Labour Day and hers is just after Labour Day. Since we have become adults and live in the same town, we often have a joint birthday celebration over Labour Day weekend. A few years ago we decided to have a luau for our joint birthday party. The party was fab. We tried have an authentic mid-century affair. Flowers and banana leaves flown in from Hawaii for decorating and cooking. Not to mention we all needed the leis. For months we scoured eBay collecting appropriate flower containers, serving dishes and tiki decor. Everything came together perfectly. There was a lot of terrific food (even included SPAM, since it's the national dish of Hawaii), but this salmon was one the favourites. It's been in my repertoire ever since. I particularly like to make it in the summer when we have fresh garden tomatoes.

Recently I received a gift package with a cute little salmon shaped cutting board and a package of smoked salmon. Sometimes this kind of smoked salmon is not the best for just eating plain, but is perfect to use in something, such as Lomi Lomi. The other ingredients were on hand so I decided to make a small batch.

It's wonderful having veggies from my CSA box:

And it couldn't be easier to mix up and serve. Takes about two minutes, max. And I love how it looks in the turquoise Fiesta mixing bowl.

When slicing the onion, I used my little hand held Kyocera mandolin. This is a wonderful tool. If you don't have one, you need one. It's so easy to use and clean that I find myself using it several times a week.

Lomi Lomi Salmon
Serves 4

8 oz smoked salmon, finely chopped
1 cup thinly sliced green onion
1 cup peeled & diced tomato
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
Hawaiian red salt, optional

Mix salmon, onions, tomato, and bell pepper. Taste and add some salt, if desired. Your salmon may be salty enough that no extra is needed. Chill well for several hours to allow flavours to blend. Serve with assorted crackers.

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Margie said...

Lomi Lomi is new to me, and you're right about needing to perk up smoked salmon. Great story about your authentic luau birthday complete with authentic Spam! Thanks for reminder that I need a new mandolin.

Becky said...

Margie, I had never heard of Lomi Lomi before I started researching foods for our luau. Since then it has been an appetizer I make fairly regularly when I can get good tomatoes. If you like the flavour of smoked salmon, give this a try. I usually put it on Carr's Table Water Crackers.

When we served the Spam, we cut it up in cubes and browned it. Then served it with toothpicks and a pineapple dipping sauce. May have been Jezebel sauce, but I don't recall at the moment.

That Kyocera mandolin is so cool. Comes in other colours, too. I wound up giving the black one to my Mom and ordered one for myself in yellow. They also make one that juliennes. For that one I got chartreuse.