Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde with Orange, Spinach & Farro Salad

Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde

with Orange, Spinach & Farro Salad

25 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Salsa verde, literally “green sauce” in both Italian and Spanish, can refer to two distinctive (and delicious) condiments. In this dish, we’re making the milder Italian version—a traditional topping for fish. You’ll combine chopped parsley, almonds and capers with garlic paste and olive oil to create a bright, herbaceous garnish for seared salmon, served over a warm salad of farro, spinach and fresh orange.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    525 Cals (est.)
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Seared Salmon & Salsa Verde with Orange, Spinach & Farro Salad
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Cook the farro:
1 Cook the farro:

Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the farro and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Thoroughly drain the cooked farro and return to the pot.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the farro cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic; using the side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste (or use a zester). Finely chop the almonds and capers. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the orange, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Remove and discard the pith; medium dice and deseed the orange. Roughly chop the spinach.

Make the salsa verde:
3 Make the salsa verde:

While the farro continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the garlic paste, almonds, capers and parsley. Stir in enough olive oil to create a rough paste; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the shallot:
4 Cook the shallot:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the shallot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Transfer to the pot of cooked farro. Wipe out the pan.

Make the farro salad:
5 Make the farro salad:

Add the orange, orange zest and spinach to the pot of cooked farro and shallot. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Cook the salmon & serve your dish:
6 Cook the salmon & serve your dish:

Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the pan used to cook the shallot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fillets, skin sides down. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Divide the farro salad and cooked salmon fillets between 2 dishes. Top with the salsa verde. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Cook the farro:

Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the farro and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Thoroughly drain the cooked farro and return to the pot.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the farro cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the garlic; using the side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste (or use a zester). Finely chop the almonds and capers. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stems. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the orange, avoiding the white pith; mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Remove and discard the pith; medium dice and deseed the orange. Roughly chop the spinach.

Make the salsa verde:
3 Make the salsa verde:

While the farro continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the garlic paste, almonds, capers and parsley. Stir in enough olive oil to create a rough paste; season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Cook the shallot:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the shallot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Transfer to the pot of cooked farro. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the shallot:
Make the farro salad:
5 Make the farro salad:

Add the orange, orange zest and spinach to the pot of cooked farro and shallot. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

6 Cook the salmon & serve your dish:

Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the pan used to cook the shallot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fillets, skin sides down. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Divide the farro salad and cooked salmon fillets between 2 dishes. Top with the salsa verde. Enjoy!

Cook the salmon & serve your dish:
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