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

Salmon, Asparagus, and Orzo Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette Recipe
Photo: Oxmoor House
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

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 9 Minutes
Cook: 18 Minutes

Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

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.

Note:

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Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast

April 2009
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