I hope everyone reading this had a great Halloween! We did, and it was filled with more candy than we needed to consume. Not that we let it stop us from consuming it. We had two days of grabbing fun size Snickers bars and Reese’s Cups at will as we passed by the candy bucket. It was fun while it lasted, but I woke up this morning feeling decidedly blah. My stomach was in no mood for food and I lacked energy. I usually feel like this when I don’t get enough of the good stuff, and I took that as a clue to do a little better. Breakfast was a simple cup of tea, so by lunch I was actually hungry and ready to eat. I was able to pull together this salmon over a bed of lentils in about 30 minutes from start to finish, and it was perfect for a decent meal after overindulging on candy. It gets extra bonus points for tasting great.
2 cups Water
1/2 cup dried Lentils
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 Salmon Fillets, 3-4 ounces each
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 teaspoons Rice Wine Vinegar, or other mild vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/4 teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Red Onion, finely diced
Sliced Green Onion, for garnish (optional)
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
Bring water to a boil and add the lentils. Cook until tender, about 25 minutes. In the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, stir in the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Drain and set aside.
While the lentils are cooking, heat a little olive oil in a skillet. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Place in hot pan and cook for 3-4 minutes each side.
While the salmon cooks, combine olive oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, and red onion in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine, then season with salt and pepper. Add lentils to the bowl and stir gently.
To serve, place lentil salad on a plate. Top with salmon and green onions, if using. This serves two, but can easily be doubled to serve four for dinner.
*Adapted from Real Simple Magazine*
15 thoughts on “Salmon with Warm Lentil Salad”
I am not even a huge salmon fan- but this is one of my favorite dishes!! This version sounds delicious too. 🙂 Nice!
Thanks, Josette! This has become a favorite go-to meal in our house. It’s so simple but the results are fantastic!
This really looks lovely! I like lentils and the flavors are very delicious as well! Thanks for sharing yummm
I realized I don’t use lentils often enough, and I really should incorporate them in my cooking more often!
I love them! They add such great texture and flavor. I never used them until making middle eastern food, but I love them now!
Nice! This dish was so inviting and doable for me, because I’ve always got lentils soaking in the fridge.When I cook salmon, I add lots of cardamom, ginger, rosemary and lemon juice. I’m sure that it will work with the lentils. Have a great week. x
Thanks! I think those flavors are perfect for this dish…warm and fragrant! Have a great week as well!
Thanks, Kathrina. Your recipes are always a welcome treat. x
How kind! Thank you so much for saying this!
You had me at lentil, I’m a serious fan over here. Love all the flavors with the salmon as this sounds like a filling dinner!
Thanks, Jessica! It is very filling without giving that overstuffed feeling. Perfect for this time of year!
What a lovely combination!
I love lentils, and cook with them all the time. And then they and the salmon set each other off so well.
Hi Anne! They really do compliment each other well. I think it’s because salmon is substantial enough to stand up to the earthy lentils.
I love how simple and easy this is for lunch! I need to eat more salmon!
Thanks! It is very simple and satisfying. I need to eat more salmon too, so I’m trying to incorporate it into my diet a little more. So many benefits!