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Friday, April 08, 2005

Salmon Cakes Salad

We really enjoyed these salmon cakes and salad (Thanks Rachael Ray!). I didn't change the cakes recipe, but I did only use the romaine hearts and spinach instead of all four greens. We love tomatoes so I added Santa Sweets. The vinaigrette is very tasty. I've used it on a spinach salad and it was wonderful. I used the new pouches of salmon, I think they are produced by Chicken of the Sea. There is no draining or yucky things that are sometimes in the canned salmon. If I had leftover fresh salmon, I would have used that.

Salmon Cakes Salad

2 (14-ounce) cans salmon with bones, drained
2 egg whites, beaten
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
A few drops hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 to 4 tablespoons chopped roasted red pepper - 1/2 pepper from a jar, drained, then chopped Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 turn of the pan

1 head frissee lettuce, coarsely chopped
1 endive, sliced
1 romaine heart, chopped
2 cups baby spinach leaves, from bulk bins of market, just over 1/4 pound
1 navel orange, peeled and chopped
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 to 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
Salt and pepper

Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat.

Combine salmon, egg white, bread crumbs, crab boil seasoning, hot sauce, parsley, roasted red pepper and salt and pepper. Form 4 patties, 1-inch thick.

Add vegetable oil to hot pan, 1 turn of the pan. Add patties and cook about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.

Combine greens, chopped orange and red onion in a salad bowl. Combine orange zest, vinegar and a splash of juice from the zested orange in a small bowl. Whisk in extra-virgin olive oil to desired bite and constituency for dressing. Dress and toss salad. Season the salad with salt and pepper, to taste then divide among 4 plates. Top salads with warm salmon cakes and serve with Ham and Rosemary Scones or warm pumpernickel bread and butter, as a close-second choice.

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