Salt and vinegar Cape Grim tongue with quinoa and zucchini salad and horseradish vinaigrette

Salt and vinegar Cape Grim tongue
with quinoa and zucchini salad and horseradish vinaigrette


Serves: 4

This exclusive recipe comes from Sydney-based food writer, author, photographer and cook, Kate Gibbs. Try it out at home and impress your family or friends.

Did you know – Kate’s grandmother is Australian cookery icon and national living treasure Margaret Fulton?


Blue Triangle 1 trimmed beef tongue (ask your butcher for it)
Blue Triangle 1 cup malt vinegar
Blue Triangle 2 bay leaves
Blue Triangle 1 tsp cloves
Blue Triangle 1 brown onion, skinned, quartered
Blue Triangle cold water

Salt and vinegar tongue brine

Blue Triangle 3 litres water
Blue Triangle 1 ¼ cups salt
Blue Triangle 1 cup sugar
Blue Triangle 1 tbs juniper berries
Blue Triangle ½ tsp black peppercorns
Blue Triangle 3 bay leaves
Blue Triangle 2 tsp cloves

Zucchini and quinoa salad

Blue Triangle ¾ cup tri-coloured quinoa, rinsed well, drained
Blue Triangle 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
Blue Triangle 2 large zucchini
Blue Triangle ½ tbs fresh grated horseradish
Blue Triangle juice of ½ lemon
Blue Triangle 1 tsp maple syrup
Blue Triangle 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
Blue Triangle ¼ cup chopped parsley


For the tongue, combine all brine ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and stir occasionally. Cool completely, add tongue to brine and chill in refrigerator for 4-5 days to brine. When brined, rinse tongue well in cold water, place in a large saucepan, add vinegar, bay leaves, cloves and onion and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook 2 hours, until tender and skin starts to slip off easily (it won’t come off if it’s not cooked). You should easily be able to pierce through to centre with a small knife. When cool, remove skin completely and discard.

For the quinoa and zucchini salad, combine quinoa and 2 cups water in a small saucepan, add 1 pinch salt and garlic clove, cover with lid and simmer 20 minutes until water is completely reduced and quinoa tender. Leave covered 5 minutes off the heat. Meanwhile, halve the zucchini lengthways then thinly slice the zucchini lengthways using a mandolin.

For the horseradish vinaigrette, whisk together the horseradish, lemon juice, maple syrup and olive oil, season with salt and pepper and tweak according to taste. In a bowl, toss together quinoa, zucchini and horseradish vinaigrette to taste and arrange on a platter.

To serve, slice tongue as thinly as possible lengthways and arrange on platter beside the salad. Scatter over chopped parsley and more dressing.


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