Insalata di baccalà (salt cod salad)


Serves 4

A traditional Italian dish, perfect for sharing. You need to prepare the cod in advance, then you can assemble this impressive meal from a few simple ingredients.

By Francesco Mazzei
From Saturday Kitchen



  • 150g/5½oz flaked sea salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 white peppercorns
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 500g/1lb 2oz black cod loin or good-quality cod loin
  • 50g/1¾oz freshly pitted black olives
  • 500g/1lb 2oz small new potatoes
  • 1 red chilli, seeds removed, cut into thin strips
  • about 100ml/3½fl oz iced water
  • 80g/3oz spring onions, trimmed
  • 70ml/2½fl oz extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • ½ pomegranate, seeds removed
  • handful edible cornflowers
  • pinch smoked paprika