Salmon With Warm Lentil Salad

I'm always looking for quick dinner ideas for John and I. I read this one Wednesday night and it's what we had for dinner Thursday, yup it looked that good :) The warm lentil salad calls for arugula... for some reason Wegmans was out, so I picked up a bunch of asparagus, steamed them up, and cut them into 1 inch pieces to toss in the salad... wicked good!! I'd say skip the arugula and make it with asparagus if I were you :D

Oh and since John likes more flavor with his salmon I did a quick hot wing marinade on his piece, mine was just a little sea salt and pepper. I cooked it up on the G.Forman grill (with skin on - I take it off after it's done cooking) instead of skinless and in a pan like the recipe calls for. Quick and oh so tasty!

Salmon With Warm Lentil Salad
recipe from Real Simple
serves 4

  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch arugula, torn (about 4 cups) (my substitution: 1 bunch asparagus steamed and cut it into 1 inch pieces )
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add the lentils and 1 teaspoon salt and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, 20 to 25 minutes; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, onion, parsley, the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  4. Add the lentils and arugula (or asparagus) to the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Serve with the salmon and lemon wedges.

9 chews:

Shannon said...

you sure you're not from boston? :) this sounds delicious!

Mags said...

I'm always on the lookout for new lentil recipes. This one looks great and I think the asparagus is a better way to go than the arugula also!

Pam said...

What a delicious and healthy meal... it looks great Steph.

I love new lentil recipes too. They're so delicious, hearty and healthy. I really like the arugula addition here, Steph!

oooh, yummy. i love both salmon and lentils so i'm sure together, they're heavenly.

Kat said...

asparagus and lentils, what a great idea. Sounds lovely.

Anonymous said...

I love your substitution of asparagus in your delicious lentils salad, what a great accompaniment to salmon!

This look great! I'm just starting to like asparagus - ate them the other night for the first time without getting grossed out.

I love your substitution of asparagus in your delicious lentils salad, what a great accompaniment to salmon!

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