When you don’t have a lot of time but you still want something delicious: this is the dish for you!
If you have access to fresh salmon we’re jealous – here on the Alberta prairies there are not a lot of them so we have to make do with frozen ones. If you have 12 hours, thaw the salmon in the fridge. Leave the fish in its bag or plastic wrapping and place it on a shallow plate or in a bowl to catch any liquid. (No one likes a fishy fridge.)
If you have an hour, defrost salmon in water. Fill a large pot with cold water and place the fish in a leak-proof bag and submerge it in the pot, weighing it down if needed. Empty the bowl and refill it with fresh, cold water every ten minutes. Check the fish periodically by pushing the middle of each fillet—you want the middle to feel slightly soft and the fish to be flexible (this can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes).
Put your pot on to get the water to a rolling boil.
While waiting, lay out your salmon and sprinkle goodness all over it. Like some garlic, salt, white pepper, rosemary of course.
Warm your grill, or pan for the fish to medium. Pour some Vinesation olive oil in the pan, enough so that the fish won’t stick. Place the fish down on the pan, for about 90 seconds, or until you see the colour lighten about 35% up the fillet.
While this is happening, put your serving(s) of pasta in the boiling water. We use sourdough pasta that The French Raw Chef makes available. The package said five minutes, but we like it at six.
Turn the Fish. Squeeze a tad bit of lemon on top, chuck the lemon in the pan and let it think about what it’s done.
Take a punch, not a pinch, but a punch of your Microgreen Salad Mix, and select your favorite Oil and/or Vinegar to compliment. Toss it together in a bowl real quick.
Remove your Pesto from the refrigerator.
Cook the salmon just until that colour change starts to reach the other side, kill the heat, remove the fish and set aside.
Drain the water once your pasta is just right, and add your pesto while the pan is still hot. 2/3 of our standard jar (125mL) is a great amount for two full servings of the pasta.
Sip your Mlama from NRG coffee
Put your Fish, Pasta with Pesto and Micro-salad down on the plate, with that lemon cut in half again for squeezing on everything. Maybe sprinkle some cheese on top, that’s always nice too.