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Posted on Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 5:49 a.m.

Celebrate the new year with roasted salmon

By Staff


This Nov. 21, 2011 photo shows roasted salmon with warm lentil salad in Concord, N.H. Feeding a crowd this New Year’s Eve? Consider offering something that is richly savory, but won’t weigh down the party.

AP Photo | Matthew Mead

ALISON LADMAN, For The Associated Press

Feeding a crowd this New Year's Eve? Consider offering something that is richly savory, but won't weigh down the party.

We started with a beautiful side of salmon, roasted it with butter and garlic, then dressed it with a warm lentil salad spiked with citrus and pomegranate. The result is a beautiful dish that will make a statement on your holiday table. If you can't find creme fraiche, substitute sour cream or plain Greek-style yogurt.


Start to finish: 45 minutes

Servings: 10

2 cups green lentils

4-pound side of salmon, skin on

1 clove garlic, finely minced

2 tablespoons butter

Salt and ground black pepper

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Segments of 3 oranges

Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Splash of hot sauce

8-ounce tub creme fraiche

Juice of 1 orange

Heat the oven to 400 F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lentils and boil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well and set aside.

While the lentils cook, prepare the salmon. Place the salmon, skin down, on the prepared baking sheet. Rub with the garlic. Place dots of butter all over the surface of the salmon, then sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just the center is slightly translucent.

While the salmon roasts, prepare the lentil salad. In a medium bowl, gently mix together the cooked lentils, lemon zest and juice, the orange segments, pomegranate seeds, coriander, cilantro and hot sauce. Season with salt and black pepper.

In a small bowl, stir together the creme fraiche and orange juice.

To serve, place the salmon on a large platter, arrange the lentil salad around the salmon. Drizzle with the creme fraiche sauce.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 430 calories; 140 calories from fat (33 percent of total calories); 16 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 110 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrate; 45 g protein; 7 g fiber; 280 mg sodium.



Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 4:24 p.m.

It looks like a great recipe and I plan to make it. It's great that you have a print button feature and I used it, but It printed on 3 pages. In the future, can you please make the print feature more efficient?