Friday, June 24, 2011

salad with salmon & potatoes

Smoked salmon is expensive. However! Look around at your grocery store and you may find that they sell the trimmings/scraps. These taste as good as the pretty slices of lox that come on your bagel... they are just not as nice-looking. I usually use them in one of my go-to cream cheese spreads (cream cheese, salmon, capers, red onions... spread on rye bagel chips... yum!). Last night I used them on a salad. I still used capers and red onions... I just love that combination. The addition of tiny fingerling potatoes makes this a great dinner salad... very satisfying!

Salad with Salmon & Potatoes

-1 small red onion, sliced into thin half-moons
-1 lemon
-2-3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
-1 teaspoon agave nectar
-A big handful of tiny potatoes, or fingerling potatoes cut into bite-size pieces
-1/2 Tablespoon butter
-Capers to taste
-Salad Greens
-olive oil, salt, pepper to taste

Toss the red onion with juice from 1/2 the lemon, vinegar and agave nectar and some salt. refrigerate until rest of prep is done. Steam potatoes in the microwave with butter, the other 1/2 of the lemon juice, salt and a bit of water for about 4 minutes until fully cooked. Let cool a bit. Top salad greens with salmon pieces, potatoes, a bit of the potatoes' steaming liquid, capers, pickled red onions, a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.

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