Thursday, March 1, 2012

French Friday with Dorie: Roasted Salmon and Lentils

THIS MEAL IS A SURPRISE...SALMON AND LENTILS ARE DELICIOUS TOGETHER
We love outdoor cooking and Salmon is extra terrific when grilled.  I closed my books (today was payday) at 9 pm and almost decided I was too done for the day to think about my Dorie cooking which needs to be posted in the morning.  But guilt set in.  I’d purchased my salmon yesterday, had everything for the lentils, and I knew I’d regret not making this dish if I decided to call it a day.  And my guilty side reminded me that this is a group experience and being part of this wonderful group is  a big part of the fun.

The lentils cooked quickly ...I cheated by mincing my veges and just cooked them with the lentils from the beginning...while the salmon grilled outdoors.  I used chicken broth which was a great choice for this recipe.  The time to both prep and cook this meal was fast, taking less than 30 minutes from prep to eating.

NIGHTTIME GRILLING WAS WORTH THE EFFORT...BEAUTIFUL PINK SALMON FOR THOSE DARK GREEN LENTILS--BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION
I have never considered salmon and lentils in a dish together, but I will now.  This is delicious food.  Just as I plated my meal, which I thought was beautiful, Hubby and No. 1 Son walked through the door from the gym and were very happy to share my food.  They love high protein foods, especially after a workout, and this meal was perfect for my men.

It made me happy to pick a fresh lemon, that I used to squeeze fresh juice over the raw fish, and I added only salt and pepper before grilling.  This fish is oily enough that no olive oil was needed for grilling. I made a little sour cream tarter sauce and  I also found dill and a ripe tomato in my garden to complete my meal.
JUICY AND LOTS OF FLAVOR
Such a fresh and healthy meal, quick to prepare, and tastes as good as it looks.  This experience gets 5 stars...so glad I made it!

12 comments:

  1. I'm proud of you, Kris. This looks great & very French. Your photos are really good, too! I planned to make this with Sea Bass, but I'm not sure I'll get to it. It's been a crazy week & John's out of town...again!

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  2. You rock Kris! Love your resilience and your writing of course. I just love the turn of phrase you employ. Great post!

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  3. Yea! on getting your books closed - I am sure that must feel good. And then to cook a meal at that time of night - wow.
    We were definitely surprised on how much we liked this.

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  4. Yea! I'm glad I'm not the only one who cheated by pre-chopping the veggies and grilling the salmon. I think your dish looks delicious!

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  5. Kris, Your a better woman than me! I don't think I'd be cooking this at 9 pm, although it was quick to prepare! Your plated dinner looks amazing! I love my salmon grilled...I think it would have been tastier! That said, we really enjoyed this meal! Totally delicious!

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  6. You're a trooper. Good job on completing the recipe! I would have much preferred my fish to be grilled outside than roasted. Mmmm. Loved the lentils!

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  7. A winner this week! Can't beat salmon on the grill and why didn't I think of chopping the veggies small in the first place? :). Glad your beautiful meal was enjoyed!

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  8. Oh, I feel you on the whole getting done with accounting cycles. I loved that this recipe required such minimal prep. Your sauce and embellishments took this recipe to another level. Love the idea of the sour cream tartar sauce.

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  9. Beautiful, Kris! The dill is a lovely garnish...so glad you squeezed this one in :) Next week will be a breeze~

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  10. I would love to have this meal waiting for me after a workout at they gym!
    You made the dish look so lovely and light!

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  11. I also never would have thought to pair lentils with salmon, but I am so glad this was on our schedule. I bet the salmon was good grilled. We certainly enjoyed it baked. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend after your busy week.

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  12. Perfect after workout food!

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