Posts tagged ‘seafood’
It’s the taste of the tropics right here…hello summer!
Now that it’s “officially summer”, I couldn’t help choosing this fresh, light yet very satisfying salad for the Secret Recipe Club reveal this month. Just look at the gorgeous colors…and I haven’t even started on the flavor profile!
This salad is a beautiful combination of acidic, sweet and salty with peppery undertones…I recommend sitting out in the sunshine while enjoying this dish, and be transported to your own personal little vacation for the afternoon or evening.
I was assigned Sue’s beautiful blog, Couscous and Consciousness for June, and what a lovely site she has! After getting acquainted with her blog, you can feel Sue’s passion for food, healthy lifestyle and conscious eating and her recipes reflect her outlook as well. While I ultimately chose her Salmon salad with Mango and Grapefruit, I’ve tagged several recipes for the future: Butternut and Tahini Spread, Scallops and Sweet Potato with Vanilla Saffron Sauce and her Green Tomato Cake with Maple Mascarpone…inventive and intriguing flavor combinations that I can’t wait to try!
I made a few tweaks to the salad by adding some olive oil and apple cider vinegar to the dressing and I sprinkled a bit of smoked paprika on the fish prior to cooking since I’ve been loving that spice these days. Sue mentioned Thai basil in her write up as well as lotus root, so I threw in some finely chopped basil and I thought the addition of a roasted beet would add a little color and sweetness that would compliment the flavors in the dish in place of the lotus. Since I am sucker for anything nutty, I tossed in some pinenuts for added texture and complexity, but feel free to leave these out if preferred! If you prefer a vegan dish, simply omit the salmon for a light lunch or a side salad and substitute Bragg’s liquid aminos or tamari for the fish sauce. I’ll be making this again for sure!
Salmon with Mango, Edamame and Grapefruit Salad (lightly adapted from this recipe)
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Vegetarian/Vegan option, Nut-free Option, Dairy-free, Soy-free
2 skin-on, bone out salmon fillets (mine were each about 6 oz)
flaky sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
a couple dashes of smoked paprika
1 Tbsp neutral oil (I used olive oil, but vegetable oil works)
1 firm mango, ever so slightly under-ripe, peeled and shredded OR cut into wedges
1 pink grapefruit, peeled & cut into segments and chopped if desired (membrane removed)
3/4 cup shelled edamame
2 generous handfuls of peppery leaves such as rocket, cress, mizuna (I used 4 cups arugula)
1 roasted beet, diced (I used already cooked organic Love Beets, optional)
1 tbsp fresh basil or Thai basil, finely chopped
1 tbsp pinenuts (omit for nut-free)
juice of 1 pink grapefruit
2 Tbsp grated palm sugar or 1 Tbsp agave or honey (don’t use honey if vegan)
1 Tbsp fish sauce or Braggs liquid aminos or gluten free tamari*
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 cm (3/4 in) piece of ginger, finely grated
2 tbsp olive oil (I added for a bit of richness)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2. Put oil in a non-stick frypan set over medium heat. Season salmon with paprika, salt and pepper. Once pan is heated, place salmon in the pan skin side down. Cook for 3 minutes, before turning over and cooking for approximately 1-3 minutes or until done to your liking.
3. While salmon is cooking, place all the salad ingredients in a medium bowl and toss gently to combine.
4. To serve, arrange salad on serving plates, drizzle with the dressing, toss lightly and top with the salmon.
For other recipes in this month’s reveal, click below!
There’s a little Mediterranean restaurant in Helena that Chris and I like to frequent called The Mediterranean Grill. The menu ranges from Italian cuisine to Turkish, Moroccan and Spanish offerings. Though I typically do not order salads at a restaurant, their Insalata D’Estate particularly stood out to me one evening so I took a chance and ordered it.
I was intrigued and captivated by the flavors and colors in this salad — juicy oranges, crisp bell peppers, crunchy cucumbers, fresh tomato AND sun-dried tomatoes all topped with a perfectly cooked piece of salmon and a garlic-y dijon-dill vinaigrette. It was filling while still relatively light and when I left that night, I was determined to recreate my version at home.
I am proud to announce this salad is delicious and refreshing! This dressing is a tad bit different than the original from what I can remember but it’s still yummmmmmy!
Mediterranean Salad with Grilled Salmon and Dijon-Dill Viniagrette
2 (6 oz) salmon fillets
salt and pepper
6-8 cups fresh baby greens
1 small orange, peeled and sectioned
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 small Roma tomato, diced
1/4 cup green or red bell pepper, diced
a few thick slices of red onion (I mimicked how the restaurant prepared it but next time I would dice the pieces smaller)
2-3 sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice from half of a lemon (about 1 Tbsp, or you could use more wine vinegar)
1 to 2 Tbsp freshly chopped dill (you could probably used dried, about 1 tsp)
1/4 tsp salt
2. Prepare vinaigrette, add all ingredients except for fresh dill into a blender cup and blend for 30 seconds or until emulsified. Add in dill and stir until well combined. Set aside and let flavors meld.
I came across a rockin’ deal the other day for ahi tuna and I jumped on it. I was in the mood for an Asian flare (I know, so typical for tuna…but still so delicious) and I whipped up an easy marinade.
We are fans of cilantro in this house…I know it’s a love it-or hate-it herb but it pairs well with this fish. If you can’t stand the thought of cilantro, finely chopped 2 green onions for a different flavor variation. I bet this marinade would also be delicious with steak, chicken or tofu as well :)
To complete our meal, I roasted winter root vegetables and sweet potatoes for an easy side dish. No real recipe to share since I eyeballed everything — simply cube your favorite vegetables and potatoes — such as parsnips, carrots, turnips, yams, onions– toss them in with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and cilantro (herb is optional). Spread onto a large baking sheet and roast them at 450 for about 45 minutes, stirring once while cooking. (FYI – I also tossed the potato-vegetable mixture with 1/3 cup of sauteed red bell pepper and zucchini I had in the fridge from the night before).
Dinner is served!
Pan-Seared Cilantro-Soy Tuna (adapted from Tyler Florence)
3 Tbsp reduced sodium gluten free soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos
1 tsp freshly minced ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice from 1/2 fresh lime (lemon could also work for a different flavor)
handful of cilantro leaves (about 1/4 cup), chopped
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp grapeseed oil (or other neutral oil), divided
dash of crushed red pepper flakes
2 ahi tuna steaks (about 5-6 oz)
1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except for tuna. Stir to combine.
2. In a baking dish (I used a loaf pan), add tuna steaks and pour marinade over the fish. Flip over so both sides are coated. Let sit for 8-10 minutes (don’t let sit for too long or the acid will start cooking the fish)
3. Heat the remaining one teaspoon of oil over medium-high heat. Lay tuna in pan and sear for 1 minute to 90 secs on each side (depending on how pink you want it inside). Serve while warm and enjoy!
Serves 2 (can be doubled or tripled)
I enjoy discovering new foods, and of course the tasting part is always fun! As my palate changes, I’ve become more adventurous (to a limit, I am still weird about meats and raw fish). When I ran across these Sea Tangle kelp noodles in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, they looked interesting and I wanted give them a shot. Not only are gluten free, these flour-free noodles are made from kelp and are rich source of trace minerals including iodine. Check out this link to help describe why iodine is good for your body!
When I opened the package, the noodles had a very intriguing texture, not like real noodles at all. There isn’t a strong taste necessarily so this ingredient could adapt in recipes. I tried these noodles in several ways with opposing verdicts:
- Raw right out of the bag – for me, I’m not a fan but I understand this is an acquired taste
- Marinated in a peanut dressing noodle salad – eh, this was ok but looked prettier than it tasted. Definitely needs some work and therefore the recipe isn’t worth sharing. If anyone has a great recipe for a “salad”, feel free to pass along!
- Soaked and sauteed in a quick stir fry – now this I thoroughly enjoyed! Paired with cubes of ahi tuna steak, veggies and asian flavors, I really enjoyed! I just wish I hadn’t wasted half of the bag on the noodle salad so I could have made a larger batch :)
This dish comes together quickly for an easy lunch or weeknight meal. I used cubed ahi tuna, bell peppers, mushrooms and onions alongside the noodles but any chopped vegetable could be subbed if any of those ingredients aren’t your favorite — squash, zucchini, thinly sliced carrot, water chestnuts and chopped broccoli just to name a few!
Cubed beef,chicken or tofu or even shrimp could stand in for the tuna if preferred as well, just adjust the cooking times — example: season protein with gluten free soy sauce, salt and pepper and cook prior to veggies in Step 2 below, remove from pan and keep warm while completing the remaining instructions. Toss the cooked protein in at step 4 with the soy sauce, cilantro and pepper.
I love meals that are this flexible!
Ahi and Kelp Noodle Stir-Fry
1 Tbsp refined coconut oil (no coconut taste), butter or ghee, or grapeseed oil
6 to 7 ounces ahi tuna, cubed
1/2 sweet bell pepper (red, orange or yellow)
1/3 cup red or white onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or minced
1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
4 to 6 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 package of kelp noodles, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes*
2 tsp + more to taste gluten free soy sauce, tamari or Bragg’s liquid aminos
drizzle of toasted sesame oil (this is very strong, use sparingly)
salt and pepper to taste
dash of crushed red pepper, optional
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro and/or chopped scallions
1. Season cubed tuna with salt and pepper and 2 tsp of soy sauce, set aside.
2. In a large skillet or wok, add oil/butter to skillet until melted over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, onions and mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and kelp noodles and cook for one to two minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent.
3. Add tuna to pan and cook for 1-3 minutes or until desired doneness is reached (check middle of the cubes for doneness, I like it medium rare with a little pink in the center).
4. Season with additional soy sauce to taste along with sesame oil, crushed red pepper and fresh cilantro, toss and serve. Enjoy!
*If you do not have kelp noodles on hand, feel free to substitute cooked gluten free rice noodles or cellophane noodles to your stir fry and add in step 3 with the tuna instead of the garlic and ginger. The flavor and texture will be slightly different but still delicious!