Quick, easy recipes like this one that require little preparation give us time to do other things.
Quick, easy recipes like this one that require little preparation give us time to do other things.

Quick and easy grilled salmon salad

A RETURN to lighter meal offerings at this time of year is always a welcome thing.

As much as I love my slow-cooked meats, casseroles and roast vegetables in winter, warmer weather demands a simpler, healthier menu. Quick and easy recipes with little preparation time leave us with more time to do other things in the great outdoors.

This tasty salmon recipe allows the fish to play the starring role. I like my salmon still swimming, as it were; a quick sear on each side is enough for me. But there's no right and wrong here; it's purely a matter of taste.

Unlike meat, which toughens and dries out with overcooking, fish is quite forgiving. If you prefer salmon cooked right through, just increase the time in the pan. There are no rules.

Then it's just a matter of tossing it with fresh salad ingredients and a tasty ginger dressing, and you're good to go. A quick and healthy meal option that just so happens to taste great as well.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup olive oil, divided.
  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar.
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger.
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed.
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds.
  • salt and pepper, to taste.
  • 4 salmon fillets, skin off.
  • 4 cups mixed salad leaves, washed and patted dry.
  • 1 cup shredded carrot.

METHOD

  • Reserve one tablespoon of the oil for cooking; combine remainder with vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and salt and pepper, to taste in a screw-top jar.
  • Heat the tablespoon of oil in a cast iron or non-stick frypan over medium - high heat.
  • Cook the salmon fillets for 1-2 minutes per side, or until cooked to your liking. Slice into thick strips.
  • Divide the salad leaves and carrot among four serving plates and top with salmon slices. Drizzle salad dressing over the top and serve immediately.

Serves 4


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