Salmon is a great fish for the grill – its meatier texture can withstand the grilling while other more delicate fish may not. Serve with this fresh citrus salsa verde for a delicious, light meal.
2 large oranges
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 scallions, finely sliced
3 Tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
2 Tbsp capers, rinsed, drained & coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp orange zest
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
canola oil, for oiling the grill
4 (4-5 oz) center cut salmon fillets, skinned
2 Tbsp amber agave nectar
salt and black pepper, to taste
1. For the salsa: Peel and trim the ends from each orange. Using a paring knife, cut along the membrane on both sides of each segment. Free the segments and add them to a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, scallions, mint, capers, orange zest, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Toss lightly and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
2. For the salmon: Put a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Brush the grilling rack with vegetable oil to keep the salmon from sticking. Brush the salmon on both sides with the agave nectar and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until the fish flakes easily and is cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Transfer the salmon to a platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
3. Spoon the salsa verde on top of the salmon or serve on the side as an accompaniment.
Yield: 4 servings (497 calories per serving)