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Salmon, Asparagus, and Orzo Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep time 9 mins
Cook time 18 mins
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
This savory salad epitomizes the concept of fresh food fast. It's quick and easy and loaded with flavorful ingredients such as crisp-tender asparagus, perfectly cooked pink salmon, red onion, and a refreshing lemon juice–based vinaigrette. It received our highest Test Kitchens rating.Prep: 3 minutes; Cook: 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 (1 1/4-pound) skinless salmon fillet
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

Nutrition Information

  • calories 310
  • caloriesfromfat 32 %
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 4.7 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 26 g
  • carbohydrate 24.6 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 56 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 333 mg
  • calcium 67 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add asparagus; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus from water with tongs or a slotted spoon, reserving water in pan. Plunge asparagus into ice water; drain and set aside.

  3. Return reserved water to a boil. Add orzo, and cook according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  4. While orzo cooks, sprinkle fillet evenly with salt and pepper. Place fish on a foil-lined broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Using 2 forks, break fish into large chunks. Combine fish, orzo, asparagus, onion, and Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette in a large bowl; toss gently to coat.

Cook's Notes

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