CITRUS SALMON FILLET WITH ORANGE ZEST & DILL IN ORANGE – LEMON JUICE SAUCE ATOP JASMINE RICE AND ACCOMPANIED BY ZESTY TARTAR SAUCE OF MAYO – DIJON – SUGAR – WHITE WINE VINEGAR – MINCED ONION

Orange picks up any seafood or chicken dish, and salmon is no exception. . .

For 2:

–salmon fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–orange zest (orange peel, 2 tablespoons, bottled)

–dill (bottled, 1 teaspoon, dried)

–orange juice (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

–jasmine rice (follow package instructions; brand differ, but this can be microwaved)

Tartar sauce:

–mayonnaise (2 heaping tablespoons)

–Dijon mustard (1 teaspoon, bottled)

–sugar (1 teaspoon)

–white wine vinegar (1 tablespoon)

–minced onion (2 tablespoons, bottled, dried)

1 – Make the tartar sauce ahead of time, if possible, and allow to blend flavors in the refrigerator.  Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and stir vigorously.  It helps to add the Dijon to the mayonnaise, then stir.

2 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice, and then pour in the orange juice.  Sprinkle with orange zest, dill, salt and pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

3 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  Salmon is best if flaky, but not red, slightly undercooked.

4 – Serve the salmon hot, atop hot jasmine rice, with the chilled tartar sauce on the side.

–recipes adapted from Real Simple magazine.

A Simple Dinner:  BAKED HERB SALMON SPRINKLED WITH DILL – ROSEMARY – BASIL – PARSLEY IN A LEMON – CLAM JUICE SAUCE

Use these herbs, if you have them, for a really good flavor. . . You can substitute canned salmon. . .moisten the salmon with clam juice and lemon. . .

For 2:

–salmon (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–dill, rosemary, basil, parsley (1 teaspoon each, dried, bottled)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–extra virgin olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Add clam juice, and then drench the salmon in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, rosemary, basil, and parsley.

2 – Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 40 seconds.  Salmon is best if slightly undercooked, so that it is flaky.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–recipe original.

WARM DILL SALMON SALAD WITH GREEN ONIONS & CELERY AND SEASONED BY LEMON – CLAM JUICE – MAYO

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–dill (1 tablespoon, dried)

–green onions (3 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–celery (2 stalks, chopped, fresh)

–lemon juice (2 squirts)

–clam juice (one-eighth cup, bottled)

–mayonnaise (3 tablespoons, or to taste)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Drench in lemon juice.  Add the clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.  When finished, break apart into 1 – inch pieces.  Keep warm.  Set aside.

2 – Place the broken salmon, green onions, celery, and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.  Stir.  Fold in the salmon chunks.

3 – Serve the salmon salad at room temperature, warm if possible.

–adapted from Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book)

CHILLED & DILLED SALMON SALAD WITH CELERY – SWEET PICKLE RELISH – GREEN ONIONS – MAYO – DIJON

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–celery (3 stalks, fresh, finely chopped)

–sweet pickle relish (1 heaping tablespoon)

–green onions (3, fresh, chopped)

–mayonnaise (at least 3 tablespoons, to taste; bottled)

–Dijon mustard (1 tablespoon, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–dill (dried, 2 tablespoons)

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with one-eighth cup water.  Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sprinkle generously with dill.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

2 – Removing from the water, break the salmon apart in bite-sized pieces.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Add the celery, pickle relish, green onions, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard.  Fold all together gently, leaving some salmon in bite-sized pieces.  When placed in the serving bowl, add more dill to the top of the salad.

3 – Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

4 – Serve the salmon salad chilled. 

–salmon salad inspired by Salmon Recipes (a kindle e-book).

GARLIC – DILL SALMON TOPPED WITH LEMON SLICES IN CLAM JUICE SAUCE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–dill (bottled, 1 tablespoon)

–lemon (fresh, sliced with a very sharp knife)

–lemon juice (bottled, 3 squirts)

–clam juice sauce (one-quarter cup, bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and minced garlic (the garlic spread on top).  Add a few drops of olive oil.  Place sliced lemon on top.

2 – Microwave the salmon for 7 minutes.  Salmon is best not overcooked.

3 – Serve the salmon hot.

–salmon adapted from Salmon Recipes, by Cristi Davis (kindle e-book).

BUTTERY COD WITH DILL & CAPERS IN LIME – VODKA SAUCE

–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–Promise margarine (heart healthy, 4 one-half inch pats)

–dill (one-quarter teaspoon, bottled)

–lime juice (3 squirts, bottled)

–capers (2 tablespoons, bottled)

–vodka (one-quarter cup)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the cod in a covered baking dish with the vodka.  Drench in lime juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Place bits of margarine and capers on top. 

2 – Microwave on high for 8 minutes.  Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

3 – Serve the cod hot.

–cod adapted from “Recipes Randy Cooks; Good Food for Everyday People.”

SALMON WITH DILL AND LEMON IN CLAM JUICE & ACCOMPANIED BY PESTO SAUCE OF PARSLEY – PEANUTS – ORANGE ZEST – MINCED GARLIC – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–dill (bottled, 1 teaspoon)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (one-quarter cup)

–lemon juice (2 or 3 squirts, bottled)

Pesto sauce:

–peanuts (dry roasted, unsalted, one-quarter cup)

–parsley (fresh, 1 handful = one-third cup of packed chopped leaves)

–orange zest (bottled, one-half teaspoon)

–garlic (minced, in a jar, 1 tablespoon)

–salt (one-quarter teaspoon)

–water (one-quarter cup)

–extra virgin olive oil (2 or 3 drops)

1 – For the pesto sauce, place all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until smooth.  Pesto sauce should be room temperature.

2 – Place salmon in a covered baking dish with the clam juice.  Drench in lemon juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes.

3 – Serve the salmon hot, with the pesto sauce to the side of the salmon.

–salmon inspired by C. Mabry, chef; pesto sauce adapted from Real Simple magazine.

SALMON TOPPED WITH AVOCADO – DILL – CORIANDER IN APPLE CIDER SAUCE & SERVED WITH GREEN BEANS

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)

–avocado (fresh, half avocado, cut into large chunks, room temperature)

–dill (one-half teaspoon)

–coriander (one-half teaspoon)

–apple cider (one-quarter cup; or apple juice and balsamic vinegar, mixed

–green beans

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

1 – Place the salmon in a covered baking dish.  Pour the apple cider over it.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, coriander, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 7 minutes; salmon should flake when separated with a fork.

2 – Place the avocado on top of the salmon.  Serve green beans with the entrée.

–salmon and green beans adapted from the Real Simple prepared meals.

BALSAMIC SALMON WITH PARSLEY – LEMON – ONION – DILL IN CLAM JUICE

For 4:

–salmon (size of 4 decks of cards, one pound)

–balsamic vinegar

–parsley (fresh if possible)

–onion (one-half, chopped)

–dill (bottled)

–salt and pepper

–olive oil

–clam juice (or fish broth)

1 – Chop one-half onion, and place in a covered baking dish with a little clam juice.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.  When nestled, nestle the salmon in the sauce.  Drench in lemon juice, and then drench in balsamic vinegar.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, chopped parsley, and olive oil.  Microwave on high for 8 and one-half minutes.

2 – Serve the salmon and onions hot. 

–salmon original.

CREAMY SALMON WITH DILL – OREGANO – SLICED BLACK OLIVES IN BASIL MARINARA SAUCE ATOP ROTINI PASTA

–salmon (size of 3 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–dill, oregano (fresh if possible)

–black olives (sliced, 1 small can, drained)

–basil marinara sauce (I used Newman’s Own)

–rotini pasta (boxed)

–creamer (dairy or soy; the soy creamer works well in the microwave) 

1 – Place 1 cup of rotini pasta in an uncovered baking dish with water to cover.  Season with salt.  Microwave for 6 minutes on high; then microwave for 6 minutes on 50 percent power.  When finished, cover to preserve warmth (do not drain yet).

2 – Place one-third container of basil marinara sauce in a covered baking dish.  Add 2 tablespoons of creamer and 1 small, drained can of black olives.  Season with dill, oregano, pepper (but no salt), and olive oil.  Stir well.  Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

3 – Place the salmon in the sauce.  Season with salt, pepper, dill, oregano, and olive oil.  Microwave for 5 minutes on high.

4 – Drain the pasta in a colander.

4 – Serve the salmon and sauce hot, atop the drained pasta.

–salmon adapted from Top 50 Most Delicious Salmon Recipes.