Chef Chris Mathias has been working at his friends’ new restaurant in Kimberly, Ontario:  Hearts Tavern. Chris is a UK native, keen cyclist and long time Bicyclesport CX racer who spent many years cooking in France, Canada and Spain.  This is a locally inspired and healthy salad made with cured Lake Huron Whitefish.



  • 1 whole whitefish filleted with skin on but scaled and deboned.
  • To cure the fish: Make a mixture of half salt and white sugar 1 cup of each with 2 tbsp of fennel seeds .
    Lightly cover the filets both sides with this mixture and leave overnight in the fridge flat skin side down uncovered.


  • 40 g dried Dulse available at most fishmongers (fish stores)
  • 150ml cider vinegar
  • 1 shallot
  • 250 ml sunflower oil
  • 75 ml good fruity olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh horseradish
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey .


  • Soak dulse in fresh cold water for about 30 drain
  • Allow about 1/3 of the dulse to remain in the water for later .
  • Pure the rest of the dulse with the shallot minced garlic , horseradish, vinegar , honey and a pinch if salt and pepper .
  • When like a paste 1 minute or so slowly add sunflower oil .
  • Put this in a small mixing and gently mix in about half the olive oil . Skin 5 or 6 nice Tomatoes and put aside.
  • Rinse the fish and oat dry with paper towel .
  • Slice the fish as thin as u can and place o a plate .

For plating:

  • Randomly smear the dulse vinaigrette on a plate.
  • Slice and arrange the tomatoes around the vinaigrette .
  • Mix the Slice whitefish with a smal amount of soy sauce e and olive oil.
  • Plate fish in around tomatoes.
  • Garnish the plate with remaining dulse and soft green herbs such as basil coriander cives .
  • Sptinke lightly with sea salt and fresh crushed pepper .
  • Drizzle with remaining olive oil, and a squeeze of fresh lemon .

Shopping List: 

  • Whitefish
  • Dulse seaweed
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Horseradish
  • Garlic
  • Sunflower oil
  • Fresh soft herbs
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Fennel seeds