Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

Eating outside is one of summer’s simplest pleasures. It’s as if the flavours become more intense, almost brighter. When the air smells of jasmine blossoms, we head outdoors for unhurried lunches and dusky casual suppers. There are few things I love more than shared gatherings and a simple table laden with beautiful food – crusty bread, a spectacular spring green salad and a truly memorable main, like this Roast Salmon with Rosé and Shallot Yoghurt.

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

I think this could be my new favourite way to lunch although it’s more than adequate for an elegant supper, too. I serve it with crusty bread, in this instance a rosemary-salted fougasse. It makes a lovely little savoury something to nibble on while sipping on Mourvèdre Rosé aperitifs. Also, it seemed the only decent thing to do for a Mediterranean style lunch, such as this. Rosé is the new summer wine of choice. It’s classy, slightly casual and very conversational.

For my second Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé inspired recipe, I’ve tried to showcase the versatility of this blushing wine in both cooking and food pairing. The key to this veritable feast is a simple master dressing. I then adapt it by adding several ingredients, transforming it from dressing to glaze and finally, a creamy yoghurt drizzle to serve alongside the roast salmon. Quite the multi-tasker, this dressing!

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

The asparagus and spring green salad is a complete joy. It celebrates the lightness of spring with heaps of texture and vibrant colour. There’s a fair chopping, but nothing challenging at all. When preparing the zucchini, remember to press out as much of the water as possible. Dress the salad just before serving to prevent it from becoming watery.

Salmon is inherently rich, with a soft, delicate texture. It’s pairs more than amicably with the salad and playfulness of the Rosé. For ease and simplicity, I’ve oven-roasted the salmon using the master dressing as a glaze to keep it succulent. To the remaining dressing I add Greek yoghurt and chopped shallots. It’s creamy yet light with a zesty tangy that counters the oiliness of the salmon beautifully.

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

Mourvèdre Rosé is playfully light in character yet quietly elegant, with a blushed salmon colour. Wisps of raspberry and rose petal mingle cheerfully with creamy strawberry yoghurt and the ethereal lightness of candyfloss. A truly delicious way to Sip on Spring. The gentlest countering of acidity brings balance and harmony to what is, the quintessential summer wine. Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé is a dry wine that pairs beautifully with food and is equally good enjoyed as an aperitif. For the month of October buy 4 bottles of Rosé and receive a bottle of extra virgin olive oil for free. I’d grab it now. Next Monday’s recipe is a savoury feast that celebrates both. Here’s the link to place your order.

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt


Roast salmon with Rosé and shallot yoghurt

Serves 6

Master Rosé dressing


60ml (1/4 cup) Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé

30ml (2 tablespoons) red wine vinegar

30ml (2 tablespoons) lemon juice

45ml (3 tablespoons) honey

15ml (1 tablespoon) Dijon mustard

125ml extra virgin olive oil

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


olive oil, for roasting

750g salmon side, skin-on

1 lemon, thinly sliced

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

80ml (1/3 cup) Master Rosé dressing, for glazing


Rosé and shallot yoghurt


125ml (1/2 cup) Master Rosé dressing

160ml (2/3 cup) Greek yoghurt

15ml (1 tablespoon) lemon juice

1 shallot, finely chopped

sea salt and black pepper

dill, to finish


Asparagus and spring green salad with Rosé dressing

 Serves 6-8

Salad ingredients


10ml (2 teaspoons) olive oil

350g (2 packs) asparagus, trimmed and sliced into thirds

400g (7 medium zucchini) grated – large grate

200g (1 ½ cups) fresh peas

200g (2 cups) sugar snaps, thinly sliced

8 baby radishes, thinly sliced

a large handful of each, mint, dill and basil

4 spring onions, thinly sliced

zest of 1 lemon

50g (half a cup) hazelnuts, toasted

pea shoots and baby leaf herbs, to finish

100ml Master Rosé dressing

15ml (1 tablespoon) lemon juice

sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


To make the master dressing, place all the ingredients in a jug and whisk together. Make sure it is well seasoned. Divide the dressing into three separate quantities – 80ml for the salmon glaze, 100ml for the salad dressing and 125ml for the shallot yoghurt.

For the salmon, preheat the oven to 200º C. Line a roasting tin with parchment paper.  Place the sliced lemon on the base. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil and season lightly on both sides with salt and pepper. Lay on top of the lemon and roast for 10 minutes. Pour the reserved 80ml master dressing over the salmon and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.

In the meanwhile, heat 10ml olive oil in a pan until hot. Add the asparagus and flash-fry for 2 minutes. Season lightly, then set aside to cool. To remove excess water from the zucchini, press firmly together to extract the juice or wrap in a clean tea towel and ring lightly.

Place the zucchini and all the remaining vegetables, herbs, spring onion and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add the 15ml lemon juice to the 100ml Master dressing.

To make the shallot yoghurt, add the yoghurt, lemon juice and shallots to the 125ml Master dressing. Taste and season with salt and a generous grinding of black pepper.

Just before serving, add the asparagus to the salad. Drizzle with 100ml Master dressing and toss to coat. Add the hazelnuts, pea shoots and baby leaf herbs and toss lightly. Transfer the salad to a serving platter.

Serve the salmon with the shallot yoghurt and roughly chopped dill. Pan-grilled lemon halves alongside are also a good idea.


In paid partnership with Babylonstoren. As always, opinions and comments remain authentically honest and the recipes in keeping with the Bibby’s Kitchen cook from scratch philosophy.

For dessert, you might like to try this Honey pannacotta cake.

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8 Comments. Leave new

  • Natalie Bester
    24 October 2019 10:32 am

    Good Morning Di

    Every time your email comes through at the office we all marvel at what you have come up with. Both male and female staff members dissect the photos and can almost taste the delicious food you concoct. Today’s tasty morsel has inspired us to go out and get ingredients at the end of the month and try this one out. We cannot wait!!! We salute you for not only your creative food imagination but also for the graphically satisfying photos which are equally pleasurable.
    Keep up the simply stunning ideas and you will have us all hanging onto our keyboards for many years to come!

    Kind Regards

  • Natalie!! What can I say except, a huge thank you for your kind words. The reward of food is really to inspire and if this does a little bit of that, I’m flattered and grateful. I do hope you try it soon. It’s a rather special feast, this one. If you love salmon, there’s a sublime recipe in my new Cookbook – one with crispy skin and a silky cream and white wine sauce. It’ll wow you, I think. Love to all in the office!!

  • Hello, this looks absolutely amazing. I’d like to make the fougasse as well though. Do you have a recipe for that?
    Thank yoyu, Vee

  • Dianne Bibby
    4 April 2020 9:53 pm

    Hello Vee. Thank you! I love this style of eating, especially with some bread to nibble on. Unfortunately the fougasse was a last minute addition. Hopefully there’ll be a recipe for it on the blog soon. All the best Di

  • This sounds delicious! Do you think the marinade/dressing would work with other fish – I find salmon too rich for my palate?

  • Dianne Bibby
    14 April 2020 2:16 pm

    Hello Nicci. Sure. The dressing is really versatile. A firm white fish, like say, kingklip or seabass would be lovely too.

  • Carolyn Hutton
    23 March 2021 5:22 pm

    Please could you have a tool so we can PDF your recipes for printing?

  • Dianne Bibby
    26 March 2021 2:55 pm

    Hello Carolyn. We’re working on a printable recipe card format. It’ll be available soonest.

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