Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde with Farro, Kale & Pickled Peppers

Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde

with Farro, Kale & Pickled Peppers

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Simple pan-seared salmon gets a lift from homemade salsa verde—a traditional condiment of parsley, capers, garlic, and more. It’s the perfect match for a hearty salad of warm farro tossed with sautéed kale and tangy-sweet pickled peppers.
16 green SmartPoints® per serving
11 blue SmartPoints® per serving
6 purple SmartPoints® per serving
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Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde with Farro, Kale & Pickled Peppers
Title
  • 2 Skin-On Salmon Fillets
  • ½ cup Semi-Pearled Farro
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 oz Sweet Piquante Peppers
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
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tips & techniques
Cook the farro
1 Cook the farro

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the farro and cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

Prepare the ingredients
2 Prepare the ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop one clove. Using a zester, grate the remaining clove into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems. Roughly chop the capers. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the peppers.

Cook the kale
3 Cook the kale

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 second to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the fish
4 Cook the fish

Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the seasoned fish, skin side up. Loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.* Turn off the heat. 

*An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

Make the salsa verde
5 Make the salsa verde

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the chopped parsley, chopped capers, the juice of 2 lemon wedges, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Finish the farro & serve your dish
6 Finish the farro & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked farro, add the cooked kale, chopped peppers, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges, and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked fish and finished farro with the salsa verde on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the farro
1 Cook the farro

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the farro and cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

2 Prepare the ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 2 cloves of garlic. Roughly chop one clove. Using a zester, grate the remaining clove into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems. Roughly chop the capers. Quarter and deseed the lemon. Roughly chop the peppers.

Prepare the ingredients
Cook the kale
3 Cook the kale

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 second to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the fish

Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium until hot. Add the seasoned fish, skin side up. Loosely cover the pan with foil. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.* Turn off the heat. 

*An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

Cook the fish
Make the salsa verde
5 Make the salsa verde

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the chopped parsley, chopped capers, the juice of 2 lemon wedges, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

6 Finish the farro & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked farro, add the cooked kale, chopped peppers, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges, and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the cooked fish and finished farro with the salsa verde on the side. Enjoy!

Finish the farro & serve your dish
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