Crisp Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salad Recipe

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Have you ever faced such an insurmountable multitude of messes, chaos and disorder that you simply didn't know where to start? Welcome to the current state of my apartment. Projects to tackle include, but certainly aren't limited to post dinner dishes (a constant), rifling through ever mounting piles of mail and documents to file, a suitcase partially unpacked in a prior half-hearted attempt, and various stages of present wrapping, sorting, and organizing. So what strategy would an otherwise sane individual employ in the face of such a monumental disaster zone? Create additional disorder out of an otherwise orderly slice of my world. Logic is a tricky muse.

Apparently this environment is conducive to meticulously, painstakingly perusing the monstrous stack of cooking magazines that's taken over my end table. Clearly there is no better time that when there is nary an uncovered couch cushion to place one's disheveled backside upon to tear through a year and half's worth of magazines. The end product, although a check in the otherwise unnecessary task completion column, simply contributed to the whole calamity. The inevitable piles of stay, toss, and roughly torn out recipes to be put somewhere, in another pile, to be tested, some other day.

At least something good came out of this whole episode. The October 2009 issue of Food and Wine magazine had an article about the 15 rules for great wine and food pairings, which can be seen here. The irony of this should not be overlooked, as I am the last person who knows anything about wine. Those who know me both chastise and loathe my shameless adoration of pink wine. Apparently, real wines aren't pink. And who knew that this dish was a spot on pairing with a lemon creamy California Chardonnay? Certainly, not this girl.

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Servings: 8 servings


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  1. In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat. Toss frequently, until golden (3-4 minutes).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk 1 1/2 Tbsp of the olive oil with the mayonnaise, lemon juice and orange juice and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil over moderately high heat until shimmering.
  5. Add the salmon skin side down and cook until crisp and golden, about 6 minutes.
  6. Turn and cook the fillets until just pink in the center, about 4 minutes longer.
  7. Add the Bibb lettuce, avocados and pine nuts to the dressing and gently toss to coat.
  8. Mound the salad next to the salmon and serve.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 53g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 55  
Calories from Fat 48 87%
Total Fat 5.54g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.69g 3%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbs 1.35g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 0.56g 0%
Protein 0.84g 1%
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