Saturday, March 10, 2012

Salmon, Asparagus and Orzo Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

Another great use for salmon and a simple meal. As I've stated before, I've been super busy with class lately. But thankfully, next week is our Spring Break! I'm so excited because I've been needing a break badly. I still plan to do tons of homework and hopefully get to invest more time in cooking some new yummy meals. I am planning to make a pie or two for Pi-Day next Wednesday, that should be fun!


Salmon, Asparagus and Orzo Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

3-4 cups water
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3-inch pieces
1 cup orzo, uncooked
2-3 salmon fillets, deboned and skinned
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
cooking spray
1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
lemon-dill vinaigrette {recipe below}

  • Preheat broiler.
  • Bring 3-4 cups of water to a boil and add the asparagus; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus from water with tongs or a slotted spoon, reserving water in pan. Plunge asparagus into ice water; drain and set aside.
  • Return reserved water to a boil. Add orzo, and cook for about 8-9 minutes.
  • While the orzo cooks, sprinkle the fillets evenly with salt and pepper. Place fish on a foil-lined broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 5 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Break the salmon into large chunks. Combine salmon, orzo, asparagus, onion and lemon-dill vinaigrette in a large bowl; toss gently to coat.


Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

1/3 cup feta
1 tablespoon dill
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.


Ashley