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Smoked Salmon & Butter Lettuce Salad (Gluten-Free)

Celiac.com 04/29/2014 - I love salmon, especially smoked salmon. I like to pair it with my favorite gluten-fee bread or crackers and my favorite cheese. Another way I like to enjoy smoked salmon is with a green salad.

Photo: CC--Jeffrey ZeldmanThis is a versatile recipe that makes for a great lunch, when made with smoked salmon, and is also offers a good way to get rid of any salmon leftover from yesterday’s dinner. Feel free to substitute cold cooked salmon for smoked salmon as you like.

Ingredients:

  • Butter lettuce
  • 1 pound thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons coarse-grain gluten-free mustard
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup whole milk greek-style yogurt
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Persian cucumber, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ red onion, sliced into half rings
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup capers
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • gluten-free crackers and/or toasted gluten-free bread

Directions:
Divide the butter lettuce and salmon among 6 plates. To each add ½ eggs, sliced lengthwise, onion slices, tomato wedges, capers

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In a small bowl, combine the horseradish, mustard, yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and set aside.

Add the cucumber and up to half the dressing to the large bowl and toss. Divide among plates and sprinkle with the dill.

Serve with gluten-free crackers and/or toasted gluten-free bread

Serve with the dressing on the side, and lemon wedges, as desired.

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Hi VB Thats sounds like a good plan. Would it help to know that a frustrating experience in seeking diagnosis isn't unusual With your IGG result I'm sure a part of you is still wondering if they are right to exclude celiac. I know just how you feel as I too had a negative biopsy, but by then a gluten challenge had already established how severely it affected me. So I was convinced I would be found to be celiac and in a funny way disappointed not to get the 'official' stamp of approval. Testing isnt perfect, you've already learned of the incomplete celiac tests offered by some organisations and the biopsy itself can only see so much. If you react positively to the gluten free diet it may mean you're celiac but not yet showing damage in a place they've checked, or it may be that you're non celiac gluten sensitive, which is a label that for a different but perhaps related condition which has only recently been recognised and for which research is still very much underway. We may not be able to say which but the good news is all of your symptoms: were also mine and they all resolved with the gluten free diet. So don't despair, you may still have found your answer, it just may be a bit wordier than celiac! Keep a journal when you're on the diet, it may help you track down your own answers. Best of luck!

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That's a great list with such great info! Do you eat at Shucks?