Salmon with olive tapenade served with fettuccini and asparagus is a great harbinger of spring. Pan-searing the salmon makes it crisp on the outside and tender and moist inside. The salmon takes only a few minutes to cook this way.
Tapenade is a paste made from olives, garlic, olive oil and herbs. There are many good varieties on the market.
Fresh fettuccini is used in this recipe. I have also given the method for dried fettuccini.
This meal contains 635 calories per serving with 42 percent of calories from fat.
Wine suggestion: Seared salmon would go wonderfully with a fruity pinot noir.
• Olive tapenade can be found in the condiment section of the market.
• Use a skillet that is just large enough to hold fish.
• Make sure the skillet is very hot before adding the salmon. It should be smoking.
• Place water on to boil for pasta.
• Prepare asparagus.
• Start salmon.
• Cook fettuccini and asparagus.
• Finish salmon.
To buy: 3/4 pound salmon fillet, 1 container olive tapenade, 1/4 pound asparagus, 1 small package fresh fettuccini.
Staples: Olive oil spray, olive oil, salt, black peppercorns.
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BRING a large saucepan with 3 to 4 quarts of water to a boil. Trim and discard about 1 inch from the base end of the asparagus and cut the rest into 2-inch pieces. If using fresh fettuccini, add pasta and asparagus to the boiling water and bring back to a boil for 3 minutes. If using dried fettuccini, add pasta to the boiling water for about 5 minutes and then add asparagus and cook for an additional 4 minutes.
ADD 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid to a large bowl. Drain the fettuccini and asparagus and add to the bowl with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine. Yield: 2 servings
PER SERVING: 242 calories (12 percent from fat), 3.2 g fat (0.5 g saturated, 1.8 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 8.7 g protein, 44.8 g carbohydrates, 3.0 g fiber, 4 mg sodium.Seared Salmon with Olive Tapenade 3/4 pound salmon fillet, skin removed Olive oil spray 1 tablespoon olive tapenade Freshly ground pepper
RINSE salmon and pat dry with a paper towel. Heat a skillet over high heat and spray with olive oil. When skillet is hot, add salmon and brown on one side for 3 minutes. Turn and brown second side 1 minute. Lower heat to medium and cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Divide into two portions and place on dinner plates. Spoon tapenade on top. Yield: 2 servings
PER SERVING: 393 calories (61 percent from fat), 26.7 g fat (5.7 g saturated, 7.8 g monounsaturated), 96 mg cholesterol, 34.7 g protein, 1.1 g carbohydrates, no fiber, 180 mg sodium.