WILD SALMON CALIFORNIA BOWLS, “Quicker Than Quick” Cookbook Recipe!
WILD SALMON CALIFORNIA BOWLS
1 ½ cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed if desired
2 large, firm but ripe avocados, pitted and peeled: ½ avocado reserved for dressing, 1 1/12 avocados sliced or cubed
1 ½ Tablespoons chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, or mint leaves
3 Tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for seasoning salmon
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound wild skin-on salmon, cut into 4 equal-size fillets
1 Tablespoon unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil or ghee
1 (4 ounce) container sprouts, such as radish or broccoli (use whatever you can find)
2 small watermelon radishes, trimmed, halved and julienned
2 oranges (navel or Cara Cara are both great), peeled and chopped
1. Combine the quinoa and 2 ¼ cups of water in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, but keep covered while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
2. Prepare the dressing: In a food processor or blender, combine the pitted and skinned avocado half, shallot, cilantro, vinegar, salt, pepper to taste, and 3 Tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth and creamy. If the dressing is too thick, add a little water, a teaspoon at a time. This makes about ¾ cup of dressing.
3. Season the salmon with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on the fleshy side. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the salmon, skin side up. Cook for 2 minutes. Flip the salmon over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until medium rare in the center. Cook longer, if desired.
4. Scoop the quinoa into individual bowls and top each with one piece of salmon plus sprouts, watermelon radish, avocado, and orange chunks. Drizzle with avocado dressing.
Tip: Use canned wild salmon, drained, in place of the fresh salmon.