Beyond being nutritious and tasty, salmon is also an incredibly versatile ingredient to work with. I only use wild caught salmon. Stay away from the farmed variety. The diet the fish are fed are is bad for our bodies and pollute the water. They also have 1/10 of the omega-3 fatty acids which is one of the main reasons I like to have this nutritious protein in my diet.
Here I highlight a few simple but elegant ways to prepare this wonderful protein:
Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche Canapes with Fresh Dill
Sesame Crusted Salmon Fillet
Cold Salmon Salad
I love to entertain often, but don’t always have time to prepare extravagant menus. The smoked salmon canapes with creme fraiche are easy to make yet quite elegant. Simply place small pieces of smoked salmon on a thin cracker of your choice or pumpernickel cocktail bread. Top with a dollop of creme fraiche and sprig of fresh dill and voila! These are a hit every time.
Smoked Salmon & Creme Fraiche Canapes with Fresh Dill
Sesame Crusted Baked Salmon
This recipe is great for dinner any night of the week or on a large salmon fillet for entertaining.
1 pound wild salmon (can do a smaller or larger piece depending on size of group you’re serving)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sesame seeds
Lemon wedges + fresh herbs for garnish (optional)
Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon on the salmon.
Drizzle with olive oil or sesame oil.
Season with salt + pepper.
Coat entire top of salmon with white or black or mixed sesame seeds.
Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.
Garnish with herbs, lemon wedges and serve with any pasta, rice or grain you like.
Cold Salmon Salad or Sandwich
What’s better than a fabulous dinner? A new fabulous lunch with the leftover.
I love cold salmon sandwiches or salmon topped on a bright and colorful salad.
You can choose any veggies you like in your salad.
Here I mixed arugula and spinach with chopped tomatoes, raw cauliflower, red beats and chopped onion.
Toss with lemon juice + good olive oil, then top with leftover salmon.
An important final step: delight in a healthy, colorful, nutritious and fabulous salad while you reflect on the beautiful food you’ve made and the people you’ve shared them with…