Salsa Verde Salmon with Sweet Corn & Pesto Farro Salad

Salsa Verde Salmon

with Sweet Corn & Pesto Farro Salad

40 MIN
4 Servings
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    From the Test Kitchen

    We’re making an easy Italian salsa verde from scallions, parsley, and capers to give simple, pan-seared salmon a fresh lift. It’s the perfect partner for a salad of warm grains studded with tomatoes and corn and dressed with flavorful basil pesto.

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      720 Cals (est.)
    Salsa Verde Salmon with Sweet Corn & Pesto Farro Salad
    • 4 Skin-On Salmon Fillets
    • 1 cup Semi-Pearled Farro
    • ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
    • 1 bunch Parsley
    • 4 Scallions
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 2 ears Of Corn
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
    • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar

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    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove any husks and silks from the corn; cut the kernels off the cobs. Halve the tomatoes. Place in a bowl; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems. Roughly chop the capers. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Peel 1 clove of garlic; using a zester or the small side of a box grater, finely grate into a paste.

    2 Cook the farro

    Add the farro to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    Cook the farro
    Cook the fish
    3 Cook the fish

    Meanwhile, pat the salmon dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium until hot.Add the seasoned salmon, skin side up. Loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 3 to 5 minutes on the first side, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm.

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for salmon.

    4 Cook the corn & finish the farro

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the corn kernels in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned (be careful, as the corn may pop as it cooks). Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat. Transfer to the pot of cooked farro. Add the seasoned tomatoes, pesto, half the vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook the corn & finish the farro
    Make the salsa verde & serve your dish
    5 Make the salsa verde & serve your dish

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the chopped parsley, chopped capers, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, remaining vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked salmon over the finished farro. Top the salmon with the salsa verde. Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!