What is lovely about this, Spice Crusted Salmon with Dandelion Greens, is the simplicity of the preparations.
By Samantha McLeod for eathical.ca
Keep it seasonal by changing the side dishes.
In the winter I would serve this spice-crusted farm fresh salmon with mashed potatoes, buttered carrots, peas and corn.
In summer we should all be getting our fruits and vegetables from our local farms.
I created this scrumptious spice crusted salmon dinner on the fly one evening when I was in the throes of experimenting with this Coast Fresh giveaway spice blend (pictured below).
Spice Crusted Salmon
4 5-ounce fillets of fresh salmon
2-tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons spice blend
I whole lemon cut into 2 halves – use one half to cut into 4 thick slices, and save the other half for the greens.
1 bundle asparagus, washed and dry ends snapped off.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or warm up the barbeque if you prefer to grill your salmon.
- On a flat plate, sprinkle I tablespoon olive oil and 1.5 tablespoons spice blend. Place the four slices of lemon on the plate and the salmon fillets skin side down on each lemon slice. Rub the remaining olive oil into the salmon flesh and sprinkle the remaining spice blend. Cover and set aside for a few minutes while you prep the rest of the meal.
Ready to finish the dish
- In a heavy bottom oven safe pan, warm the butter, add the salmon fillets flesh side down and cook for 1 minute, flip to skin side down, scrape the spice-oil mixture off the plate and onto the salmon, place one lemon slice on each fillet.
- Scatter the asparagus around the fish. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for 12 minutes.
2 cups basmati rice, rinsed and drained
4 cups cold water
- Put the rice and water in the pot of the rice cooker and follow instructions.
1 bundle dandelion greens, washed and roughly chopped (leaves and stalks)
1-tablespoon extra virgin Greek olive oil
1 tablespoon finely diced onions
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
The remaining half of the lemon
Himalayan sea salt and course ground pepper to taste.
- Warm the oil in a pan, sweat the onion, add the garlic and fry quickly, add the dandelion greens and stir well. Cover the pan and allow the greens to steam down for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking for 5 minutes until the liquid has dissolved.
Remove the salmon from the oven and let it rest for a minute. Arrange on the plates. Remember to spoon some pan drippings over the rice.
Enjoy with a glass of Pinot Gris, alone, or with friends and family.