Confession time: I don't like salmon. I know the whole world loves salmon and its so good for you. But I just don't like it. I used to like it. Back when I worked at a wedding facility, whenever there was salmon on the menu I'd bribe the chefs to put aside an order of salmon for my break. But I either ate too much back then and salmon-ed myself out or I just discovered all the other great fishes of the world that I love. But basically salmon does nothing for me.
I do like to serve salmon to my family, however. It is a very healthy fish and I like for my kids to have good sources of their omega fats. I can certainly buy omega enhanced products (such as milk), but I prefer for them to get their nutrients from natural sources.
Since my daughter loves lentils, I decided to give this variation of warm lentil salad a try. I made some minor adjustments from the original recipe, such as sweating the red onion. I also used Trader Joe's vacuum packed cooked lentils since I wanted to make this a quick and easy dinner. I used a Coho salmon and I will admit, I did enjoy it. Maybe a long break from salmon did some good!
Salmon with Warm Lentil Salad
adapted from Real Simple December 2009
- 1 package vacuum packed cooked lentils
- 4 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 1/4 pound skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 bunch arugula, torn (about 4 cups)
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
Over medium heat, sweat the red onion in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, parsley, 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the lentils to the red onion, then add vinaigrette and stir to combine all.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until opaque throughout, about 4-5 minutes per side.
Add the arugula to the lentils and toss to combine. Serve with the salmon and lemon wedges.