Smoked Salmon & Herbed Goat Cheese Tartine

by Kiran on March 8, 2013 · 61 comments

in Appetizer, Seafood, Snack

We are home!!


And it’s Friday!!!


Do we need anymore reasons to celebrate because I can’t seem to explain the seemingly outrageous use of exclamation points 😉


Oh yeah, another reason to celebrate is being ALIVE!

While en-routing from LA yesterday, I had a terrible experience in the plane while we were landing. It was swaying so much. There were terrible turbulence due to high winds and as we approached the runway to land, the plane was so shaky!

The mere thought of landing seemed nightmarish. And unfortunately, the silence from cockpit definitely had my stomach in knots. A word from the pilot could have definitely calmed many nerves while landing.

While I await for anyone to utter “brace yourselves for a rocky landing” through the PA system, I recalled closing my eyes and saying my final prayers and goodbyes.


And then we landed — not without drama. It was so rocky and hard and its felt as though the plane split into two or crashed into a big ball of flame.

Negative thoughts definitely ruled that evening.

Thank you lord for keeping us save” — and I was certain many uttered this sentence over and over again that evening.

As soon as we were given permission to use our phones, I immediately rang the Husband to tell him how much I love him. And how much I love life.


I didn’t plan this post to be a Debbie Downer today. Nor was I prepared for a nerve-wrecking experience. This incident definitely reminded me to be more humble, grateful, prioritize and spend more valuable time with my loved ones — all for this LIFE.

Food definitely played its part in comforting wrecked nerves. And I’m grateful for that too 🙂

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  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • pinch of salt + black pepper
  • 1/3 cup walnut oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lima beans
  • Bread of choice, sliced
  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 2.5 tsp chia seeds
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 3 tsp fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 6 slices of smoked salmon

Garnish: fresh dill, dressing, sprinkling of salt + black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, add lemon zest, juice, mustard, salt + black pepper and walnut oil. Whisk until combined and emulsified.
  2. Add lima beans in the dressing and mix to combine. Set aside to marinate.
  3. In a small bowl, mix goat cheese, chia seeds and milk. Stir in fresh chives and dill.
  4. Toast sliced pieces of bread.
  5. Spread toasty bread with a layer of herbed goat cheese.
  6. Top it with a slice of smoked salmon.
  7. Spoon on some lima beans marinated with citrusy dressing.
  8. Garnish with fresh dill, a drizzle of citrusy dressing with a tiny sprinkling of salt + black pepper.



I’m off to hug and spend valuable time with the love of my life. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, my friends.

What or who are you grateful for? Any nerve-wrecking experience you want to share?


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1 Rosa March 8, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Exquisite! Such tartines taste wonderful.

What a greacollection of pictures! I particularly like the second one.




2 Kiran March 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Rosa — I’m so glad you loved the photos, my friend 🙂


3 Ina gawne March 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Love this recipe…could dive into it right now! Glad you arrived home safe and sound!


4 Kiran March 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Ina — thank you my friend!


5 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health March 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

I am so glad you got home safely and with your husband 🙂 its the greatest feeling. Lately, I have been trying to be so grateful for everything in my life because really, its been a good life 🙂 I often take things for granted but due to ups and downs in life I have been changing my perspective on things and staying positive. Right now, I am thankful and very blessed to have an amazing boyfriend, loving family, and great friends.
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6 Kiran March 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Dixya — I’m loving everything about your comment here, and also the perspective on life & being grateful 🙂


7 Suzanne March 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Sounds like a bit of a scary flight, and it wasn’t a downer at all just reality of what happens sometimes. Glad you made it safe too. What lovely photos of your appetizer, I would love to try a bite of it with you!
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8 Kiran March 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Suzanne — I hope we get to share a meal someday 🙂


9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I’m so glad you made it home safely! Beautiful photos, your tartine looks perfect for spring!
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10 Kiran March 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Laura — thanks my friend, and I am so glad myself 🙂


11 Honey What's Cooking March 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Sorry about your turbulent experience. I experienced turbulence on a night flight back from Mexico a few days ago.. part of it was due to the crazy northeast weather. I just kept telling myself, it can’t end like that. It’s scary. Well I’m glad you are ok.. and this looks delicious, although I’m not a huge fan of goat cheese, cream cheese would suffice. Smoked salmon is yummy! Gorg pics!
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12 Kiran March 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Honey — I’d had my share of turbulence, but nothing beats this experience. So glad you are fine too. I can understand how scary it must have felt.


13 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate March 8, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Mmm this looks delicious!
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14 Kiran March 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Matt — thank you, my friend 🙂


15 Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition March 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Mmmm this looks amazing!


16 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Sunnie — thank you!


17 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 9, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Phew! What a relief it must have been to make it home safe and sound. This looks divine and I’m intrigued by the inclusion of lima beans! 😀
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18 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Lorraine — the lima beans adds more creaminess, protein and of course, the vibrant green color! After all, we eat with our eyes first — right? 🙂


19 marla March 9, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Such pretty tartines ~ love smoked salmon over here!
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20 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Marla — thank you and hope you are recovering well, my friend 🙂 xo


21 Julia | March 9, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Such a pretty photography! And I love everything you put on that tartine! What a great appetizer!
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22 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Julia — thank you!!


23 Mallika March 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Wow! What an eye pleasing photography! 🙂


24 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Mallika — thank you my friend 🙂


25 Anita Menon March 10, 2013 at 6:24 AM

gorgeous pictures.

I am so glad you landed safely. Turbulence in mid air is a scary experience.


26 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Anita — thanks sweety! So glad to be home, safely 🙂


27 Sophie March 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

A fantastic spread & sandwich! Woehoe!
It looks freaking delicious too, Kiran!
Another must make of yours! 🙂 xxx


28 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Sophie — thank you my friend 🙂


29 Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet March 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

We had a fabulous cousin brunch this morning…and I found myself thinking both A) I love bagels and lox and B) I really love my family…so I can relate to this post on multiple levels!
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30 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

SUAC — awww, your comment made my day! xo


31 Maria March 11, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Great pic and nice to know you sound and safe 🙂
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32 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Maria — thank you my friend! xo


33 Maria March 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

🙂 welcome anytime Tarun
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34 Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks March 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Glad you’re back home! The tartine is beautiful, as well as the photography!
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35 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Shea — thank you my friend 🙂 xo


36 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 11, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Sorry to hear about your scary landing experience – glad you are safe and sound! These tartines sound absolutely fabulous and your photos are totally stunning!
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37 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Amanda — thank you my dear friend! I can’t imagine going through that experience ever again 🙂


38 Juliana March 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I am glad that you got back home safe…your salmon and goat cheese tartine looks awesome, so elegant.
Have a wonderful week Kiran!
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39 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Juliana — thanks my friend, and I hope you are having a great week too 🙂


40 Liren March 12, 2013 at 1:01 AM

It’s those little (but sometimes scary) reminders that jar us into embracing life and our loved ones a little tighter. Glad you are home safe and sound, and sharing beautiful food with us. This looks deliciously elegant!
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41 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Liren — spoken like a true champ, my friend. and I thank you 🙂


42 jehanne@thecookingdoctor March 12, 2013 at 4:49 AM

Love this post, Kiran and the tartines look so wonderful! Gorgeous photography.
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43 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Jehanne — thank you 🙂


44 Aimee @ ShugarySweets March 12, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Woah…your photos are gorgeous I want to just reach through my screen and take a bite!! Great recipe Kiran!
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45 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Aimee — thank you so so much my friend 🙂


46 Lail | With A Spin March 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Glad you arrived home safe. Exquisite tartine.
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47 Kiran March 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Lail — thank you 🙂


48 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings March 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Oh, Kiran! Glad to know you landed safely, albeit not as “soundly” as we would have liked! You know, ever since I had my 3 kids, I developed flying anxiety!!! And I used to be a travel blogger / writer / frequent flier! How this all changed in a span of 6 years! Now, whenever I fly, I have ruminating thoughts of crashing planes and not seeing my kids again! Ahhhh….I’m so bad! I need some therapy for my anxiety. BUT…your food puts me in the right kind of mood. So lovely that I am craving right now…


49 Kiran March 17, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Jen — Oh dear! I’m sure with time, the anxiety of flying would reduce 🙂


50 Jamie March 14, 2013 at 4:25 AM

I am terrified of flying and understand your fear – I flip out with every little bump. I was on one flight that was like what you describe – the wind was so strong the plane swung back and forth. Horrible! Glad you are safe! And I would treat myself to a couple of these fabulous tartines as well. A favorite favorite combo!


51 Kiran March 17, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Jamie — I’m sorry you had to go through some awful flight experience. I hope we don’t experience that again. Glad you are safe, too!


52 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 15, 2013 at 3:38 AM

So sorry to hear your experience! On my last flight coming back from Asia, I nearly thought I was going to die too. For close to 10 hours, 80% of time was turbulance. The water from the person’s behind me splash onto me. How could that be possible right? It was a huge up and down… gosh thinking of it makes me nervous. So many people had to use those bag too. So I totally understand what you are talking about… Anyway, you have such a beautiful food! I love smoked salmon and this looks perfect brunch for me.
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53 Kiran March 17, 2013 at 4:22 AM

Nami — oh my gosh! your experience sounds pretty terrifying. I’m so glad you and your family are fine. And I hope and pray we all would never go through such horrifying experience ever again.


54 Simply Life March 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM

ugh, moments like that are so terrifying and really put everything else into perspective. so glad you’re okay. Also so glad you’ve shared this beautiful and delicious dish!


55 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Gina — thank you my friend 🙂


56 Raymund March 18, 2013 at 2:34 AM

I wanna have a couple of those, looks so appetizing
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57 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Raymund — thank you and I’d gladly serve it up!


58 Your Cookery Book March 19, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Not a big fan of fishes but this looks simply mouthwatering!!!
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59 Kiran March 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM

YCB — thank you!


60 Emily ( Jelly Toast ) April 11, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I am a huge goat cheese person! This is absolutely lovely!
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