Salad of salmon and potatoes.
I am often asked which dish would be great to prepare on a date night. Impressing your special someone with an homemade meal, while not panicking in the kitchen, is a welcome gift.
I have here a perfect combination for salmon cooked to perfection, with a healthy green salad and boiled potatoes. Simplicity at its best, yet flavorful and light.
For the salad be creative making sure that it is not too heavy with to many vegetables, almost a meal in itself.
But most of all, soft low light, candles on low candleholder (you want to see your date), a small bouquet of flowers, soothing music, and your choice of bubbly…
Enjoy your evening and Bon Appetit!
SALAD OF SALMON AND POTATOES
2 Salmon fillets, skinless
2 lemons thinly sliced
2 small potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed and thinly sliced
red wine vinegar
fresh cracked pepper
Preheat oven to 350º.
Place the rounds of potatoes in a pan of cold salted water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until while piercing with a knife you find no resistance. The potatoes need to stay intact and not falling apart.
Meanwhile line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Put 2 to 3 slices of lemon on the aluminum foil and place a salmon over it, repeat with each salmon fillet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Top with fresh thyme.
Place in the hot oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or when the fillets are done. Remove the lemons slices on the bottom of each fillet, and place it on a warm plate.
Rinse the arugula and butter lettuce and place in a large salad bowl. Add the mushrooms slices.
Whisk the vinaigrette – 3 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoons red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Gently fold the dressing ( last minute at serving time or your salad will wilt) into the salad to cover all the leaves.
In a dinner plate arrange the potatoes, the green salad and the salmon.
Drizzle a little bit of olive oil, couple of grinds of black pepper at serving time over the salmon fillets and the potatoes.