Swiss chard, salmon, turmeric and fresh lovage warm salad with acini de pepe pasta

Swiss chard, salmon, turmeric and fresh lovage warm salad with acini de pepe pasta

Oh my, this Swiss chard, salmon and fresh lovage warm salad is absolutely divine. It is packed with beautiful seasonal ingredients, some even grown in own garden. Truly flavoursome too!

Well, so far I’ve only got herbs and flowers in my garden and one of my absolute favorite ever herb is lovage. I use it quite a lot in my cooking especially fresh in salads and soups. Its unique flavor gives such a great taste to anything that this goes into making it a delicious recipe.

My only issue with lovage is that it doesn’t last long, sadly. I’d love to have it in the garden all throughout the year but it’s just a spring early summer herb and then it goes away.

I, therefore, use it as much as possible when it’s nice and fresh to make the most of it and the bigger stems I cut, wash them and freeze as they’re great for soups particularly like it with my meatballs, lamb or beans soup.

Here is a shot of my lovely lovage that is happily growing in my garden.


Oh my! I just realized that I’ve never managed to get my lamb soup recipe live yet, a soup that is loved by everyone that had it in my place, my friends told me that should actually be my signature recipe. It is a great soup especially for those that love soup. That recipe has to come soon now that I’ve mentioned.

Coming back to this lovely and so nutritious recipe, I’ve made it last week, kids were on holiday, I came home from a heavy day at work – you know when all issues, phone calls pour in all at once – type of day when you feel like your head is about to explode and all you need it’s to hit the bed.

On the way home while driving I was thinking I need to come home and just relax and do nothing the whole day, let hubby finish the day get the cooking and the dinner done and all the rest.

All those thoughts shuttered when I hit home and went in the garden (my top favorite time in the garden is now) saw my beautiful Cala lilies and my herbs and the freshly looking grass I came back to life and felt suddenly so invigorated.

Here’s a shot of one corner of my paradise, what do you think?

Home garden

I remember saying to Jesu that wished I could just move my kitchen out there in the middle of my garden to do all my cooking.

Here is a shot of my other paradise corner, I have to say I love 💕 my garden very much in April, May and June especially and of course my sexy gardener that I’ve known for quite some time now, that I have had two lovely kids with and shared my last 14 years (soon 15).  I did not marry him for his garden skills 😜 – that was just a bonus, another bonus, through many others. Lucky me! I know! Look what he can do ….and how he keeps me super happy. I know it’s a trivial thing but I do appreciate it, big time and small things like this sometimes bring us a lot of joy, happiness and sense of contentment, don’t they?

Home garden flowers

Ok, I was saying…. I picked up a couple of lovage stems and had a bigger fillet of fresh salmon, a nice bunch of beautiful organic Swiss chard, kids expressed their wish, they fancied pasta, thus I had to make everyone happy. Here’s how this gorgeous and so vibrant salmon warm salad was born.

It is such a refreshing dish with a great mix of textures to which that cute little acini de pepe pasta -the size of peppercorns looking like giant couscous- adds to beautifully.

This cute ’n nice pasta makes kids so happy and gives the dish especially salads like this a really nice texture finding those tiny pasta grains all throughout. It’s just lovely.

We just love the tiny types of pastas  like angels hair, this giant couscous type, the rice-like pasta called orzo, they are great for soups but also in salads and look so great! 👌😍

I hope you will enjoy eating this colourful swiss chard, salmon and fresh lovage warm salad as much as we do.

Swiss chard, salmon, turmeric and fresh lovage warm salad
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Swiss chard, salmon, turmeric and fresh lovage warm salad with acini de pepe pasta

This quick Swiss chard, Salmon and acini de pepe pasta warm salad gets a proper lift with the added fresh herbs (from own garden) like lovage, dill and parsley. A delicious colourful and so vibrant lunch or dinner. 
Course Main Course, Salad, Warm salad
Cuisine Mediterranean, Ramona's Cuisine
Keyword acini de pepe pasta, salmon, swiss chard, warm salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Ramona


  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 400 g salmon cut into 4 fillets
  • 240 g pasta acini de pepe
  • 150 g Swiss chard with stalks chopped into strips
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh turmeric - grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt * see recipe notes
  • 1/4 tsp umami salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Thai red chilli 🌶 optional
  • 50 g pomegranate seeds
  • 1 red pepper optional
  • 1 spring lovage finely chopped
  • 4-5 springs dill
  • 4-5 springs parsley
  • 1 lemon - its juice


  • Season the salmon with a little salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Meanwhile wash, chop and prepare the ingredients that need preparing, onion, garlic, chard and wash the herbs - do not chop the herbs till the end.
  • Heat the olive oil in a larger and deeper pan over medium high heat. Place the salmon skin side down and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side until the salmon is nicely cooked through.
  • Remove the salmon from the pan and place on a warm plate placing another warm deep plate over. Foil will also do.
  • Add the julienned onion in the pan where the salmon was and cook for 2 min stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, stir for another minute and add the pasta and toast it for 90 seconds stirring every 20-30 seconds.
  • Add the stock and bring it to a boil. Lover the heat and cook (covered) for 7-8 minutes. No need to stir.
  • Stir the pasta, add a drizzle of water if too dry but remember this has to be dry as it’s nice with no juices left. Add the turmeric, chard followed by the julienned pepper (if chose to put in- I did). Cook for 2 more minutes or more if you wish but I like my veggies slightly crispy and only just about wilted.
  • Remove from the heat and mix in the freshly chopped herbs, squeeze the juice from one lemon, season well with the umami salt give it another good old mix.
  • Bring on the salmon, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds all over, add a drizzle of olive oil even if you prefer and a few slices of chilli if fancy and serve. Soo good and totally taste buds blowing!! 👌


The lovage might not be the easiest to find although I saw recently some supermarkets like Waitrose selling it.
Any herbs will do in this vibrant salad even if you are to just stick to the fresh parsley (flat leaf one) and the dill , simply beautiful.
Other fresh herbs that could be added here that would work very well with this warm salad are lemon thyme, thyme, rosemary, or rosemary flowers, taragon or even oregano.
I made a similar salad a few days back with fresh basil, mozzarella and rosemary flowers - it was gorgeoulicious! 👌😋
You could add more salt if your stock contains no salt at all, so when adding the stock add 1/4 tsp of sea salt too.

Swiss chard, salmon, turmeric and fresh lovage warm salad




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25 thoughts on “Swiss chard, salmon, turmeric and fresh lovage warm salad with acini de pepe pasta”

  1. What a gorgeous salad!! I have to admit I haven’t tasted or used lovage before. I’m always excited about using new ingredients so this one is next on the list. We try to eat salmon often so this recipe would be great especially since I’m trying to use more turmeric.

    • Thank you so much Marisa, I am so glad you like the salad recipe, oh, lovage is wonderful. I really hope you will get to make and therfore taste this recipe, I am sure you will absolutely love it. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I love all the colors in the dish and it sounds lovely and fresh. Don’t think ‘ve ever cooked with lovage but looks a good way to give it a try!

    • Thank you so much Caroline I’m so glad you liked this recipe and I hope you will make it soon, it’s soo delicious with all without lovage.

  3. Wow, your gardens are lovely! I’m jealous that you married well! Mine does not like gardening so I’m on my own. This dish looks so flavorful and delicious! I haven’t grown lovage.Im not sure I’ve ever had it!

    • Hi Beth thank you so much for your comment and for your compliments towards my garden and my Gardiner, ha ha yes I’m lucky he likes the garden because I’m not so much into gardening. This dish is super delicious – if you come across lavaged try it it’s very nice indeed and I’m sure you can grow it in your own garden you might be able to find seeds that are being sold in supermarkets. You never know.
      Have a lovely Sunday! 🤗😍

  4. I just love your gardens! They are awesome! This is such a gorgeous, seasonal dish! I would love to have some for my lunch!

    • Thank you so much Loyola, My gardener doesn’t want to disappoint you see, he’s doing a great job. As far as this salad is concerned…. I do agree, it is beautiful and colourful and so truly delicious. I do hope you will make it soon. Have a great weekend! xx

    • Thank you Aleka, I’ve got a kind and talented gardener 😉. Agreed, it’s such a nice one that I could just have again and again. 🤗

  5. Lovely garden and congrats to the gardener Ramona, lol! Your salad looks so so delicious and your pictures are gorgeous! I had to inquire about the lovage and learnt that it’s the ancestor of celery, so I’ll use another aromatic herb when making your wonderful recipe!

    • Thank you soo much Patty, yes indeed, lovage is celery’s grandpa 😉 a truly lovely flavoured herb that I love dearly. I still have some in the garden that I will need to freeze to make sure I have a little more of this beautiful herb. Of course, any aromatic herb will do in this recipe and whenever I do not have fresh lovage, I use dill since this pairs fabulously with salmon.

  6. I don’t know why I have never grown lovage! It grows very well here and I love it!! Your gardens are delightful! Salmon is our favorite fish so I will be making this!

    • Thank you soo much Beth, I am truly delighted you like this recipe – let me know when you have done it, if you made any changes, how you liked it. Thank you again.

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