Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Salmon with Strawberry Salsa


So, if you've been reading my blog this summer, you will know that I've been on a salmon kick.  I can say with 100% confidence that I have successfully taught myself to love salmon!!!  Yay!!  I find myself wishing that I had bought 2 packages of salmon after each shopping trip!  This meal was filled to the brim with the wonderful flavors of summer--fresh, ripe tomatoes, juicy strawberries, tangy lemon juice.  The balsamic is the "cherry on the top" in this combination of flavors!!!   Another bonus of this meal, besides its knock-out flavor, is that is comes together quickly--perfect for a weeknight dinner, yet "fancy" enough for company.  Sa-weet!

Salmon with Strawberry Salsa
adapted from Annie's Eats

For the salsa:
2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and diced
1 cup tomatoes, diced
4 scallions, white and green portions, sliced thin
1 tsp. fresh parsley, minced
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz. each)
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
To make the salsa, combine the strawberries, tomatoes, scallions, parsley, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.  Mix well to blend, then cover and refrigerate while you prepare the salmon.

If using an outdoor grill, spray with non-stick cooking spray before heating.  Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.  Watch for salmon to look opaque and pink.  Or, if cooking indoors, preheat the broiler.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Place the salmon fillets on the foil.  Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over each fillet, and season with salt and pepper.  Broil about 6-8 inches away from heat source   Cook about 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of the fillets, checking for doneness.  Transfer the salmon to serving plates and top with strawberry salsa.  Serve warm.

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