Recipes for Resurrections // Appetites for Destruction

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) Champagne vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) capers, drained
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus 6 sprigs
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill, plus 6 sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) crisp, dry white wine, such as
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • 5 cups (40 fl. oz./1.25 l) water
  • 4 center-cut salmon fillets, each 6 oz. (185 g)
  • 8 oz. (250 g) mixed baby greens, such as chard, kale, tatsoi,
    arugula and spinach
  • 1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 English cucumber, very thinly sliced on the bias
  • Rye toast for serving

Directions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice and mustard. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Stir in the capers, chopped parsley and chopped dill, and season with salt and pepper. Set the vinaigrette aside.

Put the yellow onion, parsley sprigs, dill sprigs, wine and water in a 5-quart (5-l) poaching pan. Place the poaching insert in the pan; the liquid should reach about 1/4 inch (6 mm) above the insert’s base. Set over high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat so the liquid is just at a very low simmer; you should see only occasional bubbles.

Lightly season 2 salmon fillets with salt. Place, skin side down, on the poaching insert. Cover the pan and poach until the fish is opaque on the outside and the center is just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully transfer the fillets to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat to cook the remaining salmon.

In a large bowl, toss together the baby greens, red onion, cucumber and vinaigrette, to taste. Divide among 4 plates and top each with a salmon fillet. Drizzle the salmon with a little vinaigrette.

Simple Poach:

  • 1 to 1½ pounds salmon fillets, pin bones removed
  • Salt
  • ½ cup dry white wine (a good Sauvignon Blanc)
  • ½ cup water
  • A few thin slices of yellow onion and/or 1 shallot, peeled and sliced thin
  • Several sprigs of fresh dill or sprinkle of dried dill
  • A sprig of fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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1 Sprinkle the salmon fillets with a little salt. Put the wine, water, dill, parsley and onions in a sauté pan, and bring to a simmer on medium heat.

2 Place salmon fillets, skin-side down on the pan. Cover. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, or to desired done-ness. Do not overcook. Serve sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper.

Lemon-Dill Sauce

  • 1 container (6 oz) Greek Fat Free plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Wine Poached Salmon over Lemon Caper Greens

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