Salmon, Avocado, Grapefruit And Watercress Salad

  • The recipe for salmon, avocado, grapefruit and watercress salad appears in the cookbook "Dinner Illustrated."

    The recipe for salmon, avocado, grapefruit and watercress salad appears in the cookbook "Dinner Illustrated." Carl Tremblay, America's Test Kitchen/Associated Press

Posted8/29/2018 6:00 AM

2 (8-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets

3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil


Salt and pepper

2 grapefruits

1 small shallot

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

¼ cup skinned hazelnuts

4 ounces (4 cups) watercress

1 avocado

Fresh mint

Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. Pat salmon dry with paper towels, rub with 1 teaspoon oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Once oven reaches 500 degrees, reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees. Remove sheet from oven and carefully place salmon, skin side down, on hot sheet. Roast until center is still translucent when checked with tip of paring knife and registers 125 degrees (for medium-rare), 9 to 13 minutes. Let salmon cool on sheet to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

While salmon cools, cut away peel and pith from grapefruits. Holding fruit over bowl, use paring knife to slice between membranes to release segments. Measure out 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice and transfer to separate bowl.

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Mince shallot. Whisk vinegar, mustard, shallot, and ½ teaspoon salt into grapefruit juice. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in remaining 3 tablespoons oil until incorporated.

Toast hazelnuts in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, shaking pan occasionally, until golden and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes; transfer to small bowl to cool, then chop cooled nuts. Tear watercress into bite-size pieces. Halve avocado, remove pit, and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices. Coarsely chop ¼ cup mint.

Arrange watercress in even layer on platter. Using two forks, flake salmon into large 2-inch pieces. Arrange salmon pieces, grapefruit segments, and avocado on top of watercress. Drizzle dressing over top, then sprinkle with mint and hazelnuts. Serve.

Serves 4

Nutrition information per serving: 436 calories; 249 calories from fat; 28 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 62 mg cholesterol; 389 mg sodium; 23 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 12 g sugar; 27 g protein.

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