Salmon is my favorite fish to cook. It has a distinct rich taste, but also takes on the flavor of any marinade it is dressed with. I love using a salad dressing to marinate the fish because it then doubles as a seasoning to the greens on the side. Today I used a zesty Italian dressing which also went perfectly with the spicy arugula.
Any greens can be used in this recipe. While I prefer the slightly bitter bite of arugula, you can use a milder green such as baby spinach. Kale and escarole work well too. The greens are a great contrast to the rich salmon, but also make the plate look so pretty.
The one thing I insist on in creating this recipe is to use the freshest fish you can find. I like to cook salmon the day it is bought although it can also be purchased the day before. I also take all the skin off my salmon filets. My family prefers it that way and it is fairly easy to do. Most fish markets will also do this for you. As a matter of fact, the seafood department at my local grocery store does this for me also.
I could really eat salmon twice a week and often we do. Sometimes I double this recipe to make salmon salad the next day. Put some on a bagel or croissant and you have yourself a perfect lunch.
This is a great dinner to make, and you will feel good eating it. But the best part of dinner is dessert, right? So after eating such a healthy dinner, why not treat yourself to some deep dish cookie or German chocolate cheesecake? Come on, you deserve it!