Wild Salmon With Green Sauce

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Wild salmon, green beans, new potatoes and herbs: simple seasonal ingredients for an epic summer dining experience. The most important thing here is not to overcook the salmon. Whether baked or grilled, it is ready as soon as you see white juices rising to the surface, which means the fish will be succulent, not dry. It is better to err on the rare side.


  • 1 ½

    pounds wild salmon fillet, such as King or sockeye, skin on

  • Salt and pepper

  • Olive oil

  • 2

    pounds new potatoes

  • 1

    pound haricots verts, or a mixture of small green and yellow beans

  • 1

    shallot, finely diced

  • 2

    tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Zest and juice of 1 small Meyer lemon

  • 1

    teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1

    tablespoon capers, rinsed and roughly chopped

  • ¼

    cup finely chopped parsley

  • ¼

    cup finely chopped chervil, or a mixture of parsley and tarragon

  • Lettuce leaves

  • 2

    hard-cooked (9-minute) eggs, roughly chopped
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

      569 calories; 20 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 10 grams monounsaturated fat; 4 grams polyunsaturated fat; 49 grams carbohydrates; 8 grams dietary fiber; 4 grams sugars; 47 grams protein; 156 milligrams cholesterol; 1372 milligrams sodium

    • Note:

      The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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  1. Using pliers, remove pin bones from salmon (or have your fishmonger do it). Season on both sides with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet skin side down and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Set aside at room temperature. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Scrub potatoes and simmer in well-salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and keep warm.
  3. Top and tail the haricots verts and simmer in well-salted water until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Spread out on a platter to cool (or rinse briefly in cool water) and leave at room temperature.
  4. Make the sauce verte: Put shallot in a small bowl with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cover with the red wine vinegar. Macerate 5 minutes, then stir in lemon zest and juice, mustard and capers. Whisk in 1/2 cup olive oil. Just before serving, add parsley, chervil and black pepper to taste.
  5. Bake salmon, uncovered, until just done, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly. Put beans in a medium bowl, season with salt and pepper, and dress with 2 tablespoons sauce verte. Line a platter with lettuce leaves, if using, then make a pile of beans. With a spatula, lift salmon from skin, then place on top of beans. Dab salmon with 2 more tablespoons sauce verte, garnish with chopped egg and serve. Pass potatoes and remaining sauce separately.
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