Pan-Seared Salmon with Watercress Purée

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Spinach can be substituted for watercress in this bonus recipe from Rozanne Gold.
6 servings


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1 1/2 cups cubed peeled red potato
8 cups trimmed watercress or torn spinach (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
6 (6-ounce) skinned salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
Vegetable cooking spray


Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add potato, and cook 15 minutes. Add watercress, and cook an additional 10 minutes. Drain well.

Place watercress-potato mixture, butter, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor, and process until smooth; set aside, and keep warm.

Heat 2 tablespoons water in a large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add bell peppers; cover and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Spoon bell pepper mixture into a bowl; set aside, and keep warm.

Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt over fish; set aside. Coat skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add fish, and cook 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Spoon 1/3 cup pureed watercress mixture onto each of 6 plates; arrange 1 fillet on each plate, and top each with 2 tablespoons bell pepper mixture.

Created date

April 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 349
Caloriesfromfat 43 %
Fat 16.8 g
Satfat 3.8 g
Monofat 7.6 g
Polyfat 3.4 g
Protein 38.4 g
Carbohydrate 9.3 g
Fiber 2.2 g
Cholesterol 121 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 324 mg
Calcium 69 mg