Passed down from generation to generation, this salad is based on one made by Jon Snow, who owned a fish store in Sagaponack called Loaves & Fishes. Ina Garten's friend bought the shop in the mid 1970's and turned it into a specialty food store and then sold it to a friend. But they all kept making Jon Snow's delicious fish salad. So here it is for you to enjoy too!
- 2 1⁄2 lbs firm white fish fillets (such as halibut) or 2 1⁄2 lbs steaks (such as halibut)
- extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup celery, finely diced (2 stalks)
- 3⁄4 cup red onion, finely diced
- 1⁄2 cup fennel, finely diced (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh dill
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
- 1⁄4 cup good white wine vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup capers, drained
- 3⁄4 cup good quality mayonnaise
- Preheat oven to 400*F.
- Place the fish on a baking sheet. Rub both sides of fish with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes, until the fish is firm and fully cooked. Allow to cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Remove and discard the skin and bones.
- When the fish is cool, flake the flesh into a bowl in large pieces. Add the celery, red onion, fennel, dill, lemon juice, vinegar, capers, mayonnaise, 1 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Mix gently and refrigerate for at about 30 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve at room temperature. Enjoy!