Trouble With Toast

Recipe: Roasted Salmon with Lentils | November 20, 2008

In this troubling economy, dinner preparers everywhere are looking for affordable and nutritious meals to serve themselves and their loved ones.  Here at Trouble With Toast, while we love to make decadent dishes with expensive ingredients, we also sometimes just crave hearty fare that doesn’t give our wallets a heart attack.

Enter this satisfying and healthy meal.  Salmon can often be found on sale at your local megamart, and dried lentils, like most other legumes, can be found in bags for a very paltry price.  The other ingredients should be pantry/refrigerator staples, particularly the mustard, which I am convinced is the secret ingredient for all killer dinners.  I suggest doubling the amount of dressing and saving some for later salads–it is that good.  I also suggest, if you suspect that your lentils have been sitting on the shelf for a while, that you cook them for an extra 5-10 minutes.  Mine simmered for 25 minutes, and they were still a bit too al dente for my liking.

A photo will be forthcoming.  Enjoy!

  • 3/4 cup lentils
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Heat broiler.  Combine lentils and 2 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes.  Add onion and celery; cover and continue cooking until lentils and vegetables are just tender, 15-25 minutes more.  Drain over a bowl, reserving cooking liquid.  Transfer lentils and vegetables to a bowl.

    In a bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons reserved cooking liquid with vinegar, oil, mustard, garlic, and parsley; season with salt and pepper.  Toss half the dressing with the lentil mixture.

    Meanwhile, sesaon salmong with salt and pepper.  Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Arrange salmon on sheet; broil until opaque throughout, 8-10 minutes.  Spoon lentils onto plates; top with salmon, flaking it into large pieces if desired.  Drizzle with remaining dressing.salmon-with-lentils

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