Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Grilled Salmon and Asparagus Salad

My best friend is rounding into her third trimester of her first pregnancy. She’s moving a little slower, requiring a lot more rest and has been told to eat better. That’s where I come in. See, my best friend is not a huge cook but, like most people, she appreciates a good meal. With maternity leave on the horizon and much more time at home, she has decided to take cooking head-on but on her own terms. People like her want something easy, healthy and delicious and I have been tasked to post recipes to help her on her journey.

I know a lot of my readers don’t just cook for themselves but for their friends, family and more. With the chaos that is life, simple and delicious recipes are a necessity. So, dear reader, here is an approachable recipe for cooks just like my friend that can be made with ease.

Grilled Salmon and Asparagus Salad

Maple-Dijon Dressing
1/3 cup maple-flavored syrup
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

Salad
1 lb salmon fillet (1/2 inch thick)
1 lb fresh asparagus spears
4 cups baby salad greens
1 cup shredded carrots (about 1 1/2 medium)
1 hard-cooked egg, cut into 8 wedges

Heat gas or charcoal grill.

In small bowl, mix all Maple-Dijon Dressing ingredients with wire whisk.

Cut salmon crosswise into 4 pieces. Brush salmon with 1 tablespoon of the dressing. In large bowl, toss asparagus and 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Place asparagus in grill basket (grill “wok”).

When grill is heated, place asparagus and salmon, skin side down, on gas grill over medium heat or on charcoal grill over medium coals; cover grill. Cook asparagus 7 to 10 minutes and salmon 10 to 15 minutes, shaking grill basket or turning asparagus occasionally, until asparagus is crisp-tender and salmon flakes easily with fork.

Slide pancake turner between salmon and skin to remove each piece from skin. On 4 plates, divide salad greens, carrots and egg. Top with salmon and asparagus. Sprinkle with pepper. Serve with remaining dressing.


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1 comment:

Wendy Roberts said...

love this! Maybe I can make it for Lindsay soon!