Salmon, Asparagus and Orzo Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

Salmon & Vegetables

Salmon, asparagus and orzo salad with lemon-dill vinaigrette is an easy to make, hearty and filling dish that highlights the best of fresh and healthy food. To learn how to make it, these are the requirements:

Ingredients:

When preparing a meal for six, you'll need:

  1.  Six cups of water
  2.  One and quarter pounds of fresh, omega-rich and skinless salmon fillet
  3.  One pound of trimmed and well cut spring asparagus
  4.  A cup of uncooked orzo/rice-shaped pasta
  5.  A quarter teaspoon of salt
  6.  A quarter teaspoon of freshly grounded black pepper
  7.  A quarter cup of red onion (thinly sliced)
  8.  Lemon-dill vinaigrette
  9.  Cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat the broiler.

Use a large enough saucepan to boil six cups of water. Once the water is boiled, add in asparagus and let them cook till crisp-tender or for about three minutes. Use a slotted spoon or a pair of tongs to remove them from the water and plunge them into ice cold water before draining and setting them aside.

Once again, bring the water (reserved water) to boil and add in orzo. Cook them in accordance to their package instructions. However, don't add fat or salt. While your orzo continues to cook, have the salmon fillet seasoned with ground pepper and salt. Then, place it on a boiler (foil lined boiler) and cooking spray coated pan. Broil till the fish starts to flake easily (when you test it using a fork), till it attains your desired doneness expectations or, for five minutes.

Making Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette:

To make this, you'll need:

  1.  Three tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  2.  Two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  3.  One tablespoon of chopped fresh dill
  4.  A third cup of crumbled feta cheese
  5.  A quarter teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  6.  A quarter teaspoon of salt

Once you have all the ingredients, use a whisk to combine them in a small bowl.

(If you choose to use bottled dressing instead, it's highly recommended that you add a little of dill as it helps in enhancing the salmon's flavor).

Serving:

When everything is ready, use two forks to break the salmon into mid-sized chunks and then, proceed to combine it with asparagus, orzo and lemon-dill vinaigrette. You should use a large enough bowl to combine them so that you have enough space to toss the pieces gently and have them coated with these three other ingredients.

You can then proceed to serve it as a snack, a side dish or even an entrée.

- It's worth noting that this amazing dish contains high amounts of nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, iron, calcium and sodium.

Summary:

What makes this dish salmon dish exceptional is the fact that it's made using ingredients that are high in flavor such as the refreshing lemon juice and dill and crisp tender asparagus and raw onion. Most importantly though is that it's so easy to make (can be made in less than 10 minutes).

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