Friday, April 26, 2019

Lemony Salmon and Spiced Chickpeas

A salad for supper, particularly where heartier appetites are concerned, is not always satisfying, unless it is full of calorie-laden additions, and that defeats the purpose.

This easy and beautiful salad is an exception and it’s a breeze to make. I baked my salmon early in the day, allowed it to cool, broke it into pieces, and stored it in the fridge. Then, all I had to do around dinner time, was prepare the chickpeas, slice radishes that I always keep cleaned in the fridge, and toss everything together with pre-washed spinach, topping it all with a bit of crumbled hard-boiled egg (another refrigerator staple). It is hearty, satisfying, tasty, and so good for you.

This recipe is adapted from Epicurious’s new cookbook, COOK90: The 30-Day Plan for Faster, Healthier, Happier Meal. You can grab your copy here. 
Lemony Salmon and Spiced Chickpeas

1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 (¾ - 1-lb.) salmon fillet
½ tsp. kosher salt, plus more
Onion powder
Freshly ground black pepper
1 9-oz. pkg. Melissa’s Peeled & Steamed Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas), rinsed, patted dry
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1½ tsp. za’atar
2 T. fresh lemon juice
4 cups baby spinach
4 radishes, trimmed, thinly sliced
Flaky sea salt
Crumbled hard boiled egg (optional)
Thinly sliced red onion (optional)

Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 300°F. Toss lemon slices in a large bowl with a drizzle of oil. Arrange slices in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Set salmon on lemons. Season salmon all over with kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika, and then drizzle and rub with some oil (about ¼ cup). Roast until salmon is just barely opaque in the middle, 12–17 minutes, depending on thickness. If you like your salmon well-done, cook it a few minutes longer. Let salmon cool, and then flake into medium-size pieces with a fork.

Meanwhile, bring chickpeas, garlic, za’atar, and remaining ¼ cup oil to a bare simmer in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally and reducing heat if needed, 8-10 minutes. Stir in ½ tsp. kosher salt and remove skillet from heat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chickpeas to a medium bowl, leaving oil behind. Whisk lemon juice into oil; taste dressing and season with more kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper if needed.

Toss spinach in a large bowl with 1 tsp. dressing. Divide among bowls along with radishes, chickpeas, and salmon (and lemons if desired); drizzle with more dressing. Sprinkle with sea salt and more pepper. 

Makes 2 main dish servings.

A lighter salad using chickpeas is this delicious and refreshing Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad. I could eat this stuff every day.

This post contains affiliate links.


Linda said...

What a good looking salad. I'm particularly interested in the chickpea part - I could eat chickpeas at every meal.
I have yet to purchase salmon fillets and cook with them - how sad is that? I eyed a package of frozen at Aldi's last week. Maybe I'll break down and buy some.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a perfectly healthy looking meal, Pattie, and so colorful on your plate!