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Salmon and Spinach With Mint Raita

Yield 4 servings
Minty raita-a traditional Indian yogurt sauce-pairs perfectly with fresh salmon. (If you prefer, you can substitute cod or halibut , broiling fillet 8 to 10 minutes per inch, or until browned and opaque throughout.) Serve with new potatoes seasoned with butter, salt, and pepper.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 radishes, trimmed, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint, plus optional sprigs for garnish
  • 1 clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 bunches spinach, stems discarded, washed, and drained
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 1/2 thick skinless salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. Halve cucumber lengthwise; use spoon to scrape out seeds. Slice very thin.

  2. Make the raita: Stir together cucumber and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a colander and let drain for 15 minutes; pat dry with paper towels. Meanwhile, stir together cucumber, yogurt, radishes, minced mint, garlic, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  3. Reserve 6 spinach leaves; store covered in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Heat oil in a wok or large deep skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add remaining spinach, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper, and stir-fry in batches, turning, just until wilted. Remove from wok and cover with foil.

  4. Heat broiler. Season salmon with remaining salt and pepper; broil on a broiler pan 5 to 6 inches from heat source for 5 to 7 minutes, or until opaque and just cooked through.

  5. Set aside 2 of the fillets; let sit until at room temperature cover and store in fridge for up to 2 days.

  6. Arrange cooked spinach on 4 plates. Top each serving with a fillet, then with 1/4 of raita, and garnish with mint sprigs. Serve hot.

  7. How kids can help: Measure and mix ingredients for raita; top fillets with raita; sprinkle with mint.