Salmon on Fennel Salad

"This zesty salad complements salmon’s richness while almonds add crunch. The fish can be served hot or cold as a light main course. To serve it as a hearty starter for a meal, cut fish fillets in half lengthwise before grilling. If serving salmon cold, grill right away. If serving hot, make salad first. Recipe by Food and Drink Magazine, Marilyn Bentz Crowley"
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  • Using microplane or other grater, zest lime, lemon and orange. Combine zests; set aside. Juice lime, lemon and orange; combine juices and set aside.
  • To grill salmon, preheat barbecue to medium-hot. Brush bright pink tops of salmon with butter; place buttered-side-down on grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until brown grill marks are evident. Turn salmon; continue grilling for another 4 to 5 minutes or until a fork used to separate the flakes of flesh show a slightly undercooked centre for medium or opaque for well-done.
  • Sprinkle each fillet with a pinch or 2 of zest (all zest will not be used). If serving cold, cover and refrigerate immediately for up to a day.
  • To make salad, stir reserved juices with sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil; set aside.
  • Cut rind off oranges; section.
  • Cut off green fronds from fennel; finely chop some of feather part for garnish. Cut bulb in half; core. Using a mandolin or fine blade of food processor, finely slice crosswise into slaw-like pieces. There should be 4 to 5 cups (1 to 1.25 L).
  • Toss fennel and orange sections with dressing. (If making earlier in day, cover and refrigerate fennel mixture and dressing separately until ready to serve.).
  • Line serving plates with salad greens; top with fennel orange mixture. Lay salmon, hot or cold, over salad and strew with almonds and reserved fennel tops.

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  1. Chef floWer
    This dish was perfect for a summer dinner.. It was refreshing and tasty! I followed the written recipe except I used baby cos lettuce as I couldn't find romaine lettuce in the supermarket. The whole dish was so easy to put together. Thanks so much for posting your recipe ~Leslie~
  2. mersaydees
    A very nice salad. The dressing is light and flavorable. I served it atop a bed of iceberg lettuce because that's the only lettuce my DH can eat, and it still came out great. I used my George Foreman grill since the outdoor grill is iced over! Thanks, Leslie! Made for <b>Aussie New Zealand Recipe Swap #25</b>.
  3. Sydney Mike
    Once I have everything set up in front of me, this 'salad' took no time at all to prepare, & the textures & flavors were really nice ~ I especially enjoyed the combo of lemon, lime & orange! Definitely a keeper! [Made & reviewed as a kidnapped recipe in the Aus/NZ Special Recipe Swap #19]
  4. PaulaG
    DH and I both agree this is a 5 star all the way. The citrus and fennel really add to the salmon. So easy and fantastic after a hard day at the office. The salmon was served fresh off the grill.



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