4.19.2009

seared salmon with cucumber salsa

another "repeat". husband loved it. the cucumber salsa is just right.
ingredients (serves 4):
-1/2 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, halved lengthwise again and thinly sliced crosswise
-1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
-1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch julienne
-2 Tbs. chopped shallot or red onion
-1 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish (optional)
-1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
-1 1/2 tsp. canola oil
-1 tsp. honey
-1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
-1 tsp. salt
-4 salmon fillets, each 5 oz. and about 1 inch thick
-1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
-lime wedges for garnish

directions:
In a bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, shallot and chopped cilantro and toss gently to mix. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, 1 tsp. of the canola oil, the honey, red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp. of the salt. Pour the lime juice mixture over the cucumber mixture and toss gently to mix and coat evenly. Set aside.

Sprinkle the salmon fillets on both sides with the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and the black pepper. In a large, nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1/2 tsp. canola oil. Add the fish and cook, turning once, until opaque throughout when tested with the tip of a knife, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Transfer the salmon fillets to warmed individual plates and top each with one-fourth of the salsa. Garnish the plates with the cilantro sprigs and lime wedges. Serve immediately.

*courtesy of (you guessed it!) williams-sonoma

1 comment:

Peggy said...

Now I've got to try this, as well as the potatoes. Both look delicious, especially the salmon. You are amazing!