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Healthy Lemon Poached Salmon and a Cucumber Lemon Sauce

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“Salmon ... what can you say. It has amazing health benefits. The best part ... you can just lightly season, bake, broil, patties, sandwich spreads, salads and, spicy, sweet, tangy, citrus, Asian or pretty much anything you like. Well this is one way I really like to cook salmon. I showed this recipe to a girlfriend who has to watch her sugar as well as her overall diet and she makes this all the time for her family. This is very healthy and quick well to make a great dinner. I use a pea puree for the base and serve with some steamed new potatoes and my grilled vegetables, and I dare anyone to say they were hungry after finishing the dinner.”
4 Salmon fillets

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pea Puree -- In a medium sauce pan add 1/4 cup water, peas, mint, garlic and butter and cook for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften. Transfer to the blender and puree until creamy. Season with salt and pepper. This can easily be made earlier that day. Just reheat in the microwave or on the stove before serving. It only takes a few minutes.
  2. Cucumber Lemon Sauce -- Again, make this ahead and just refrigerate. Peel the cucumbers and then grate them using the larger holes of your grater. You could also use a food processor or other appliance if you have one. Once grated, I place the cucumber in a collander or strainer and sprinkle with a little salt. Let it set about 15-20 minutes. The salt will pull out some of the moisture so the sauce does not become to watery.
  3. Once the cucumber has set and drained a bit, add it to a medium size bowl. Then add the mayonnaise, sour cream, pepper, grated onion, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix well and chill. Now since you only needed a little lemon zest and juice, slice up the other half of the lemon in 4 slices for a garnish over the fish.
  4. Salmon -- Takes just 10-12 minutes. In a large pan add the water, wine, peppercorns, mint, lemon juice, cut up lemon, onion and salt. Bring to a medium - high simmer and add the salmon skin side down, top with a lemon slice, cover and simmer for 5 minutes and turn the heat off and keep the salmon in the liquid until the salmon is tender but not over cooked. It should take another 3-5 minutes. It should flake easily but still a little pink and be moist.
  5. Serve -- I like to reheat the peas for just a couple of minutes, and put a small bed on each plate, about 1 cup per serving. Top with the salmon fillet, the lemon slice, a little salt and pepper to taste, and then a little of the cucumber lemon sauce.
  6. It is a nice easy, healthy dish which every now and then is a nice change to all those rich holiday foods. Make some steamed new potatoes and some grilled vegetables or broiled for a very nice light dinner. Even my best friend who is a meat and potatoes guy love this dish.

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