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Grilled Lemon-Garlic Salmon with Quinoa and Asparagus

Grilled lemon garlic salmon with quinoa and asparagus at a vacation rental in Palm Springs.

Grilled Lemon-Garlic Salmon with Quinoa and Asparagus

A Culinary Delight:

Embark on a flavorful journey with our Grilled Lemon-Garlic Salmon, a dish that marries the freshness of the sea with a zesty, aromatic twist. This elegant yet simple meal is perfect for a sophisticated dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Salmon fillets (6 oz each)
  • 1 Cup quinoa
  • 1 Bunch asparagus
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh dill or parsley for garnish

Shopping List (serves 2):

  • Salmon fillets (2 x 6 oz)
  • Quinoa (1 cup)
  • Asparagus (1 bunch)
  • Lemons (2)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh dill or parsley

Preparation:

  1. Quinoa: Rinse and cook quinoa as per package instructions. Fluff with a fork after cooking.
  2. Marinate Salmon: Combine lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Marinate salmon for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Grill: Grill salmon and asparagus, seasoning asparagus with oil, salt, and pepper. Grill salmon for 4-5 minutes per side. Asparagus should be grilled for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Serve: Plate quinoa, top with salmon, and side with asparagus. Garnish with lemon slices and herbs.

Safe Cooking Temperature: Cook salmon to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

Conclusion: Enjoy the perfect balance of flavors in this dish, where the succulence of salmon meets the zest of lemon and the earthy crunch of asparagus, creating a dining experience that’s both nutritious and indulgent.


Sparkling Cucumber Limeade (Non-Alcoholic)

Refreshing and Zesty:

Complement your salmon feast with a Sparkling Cucumber Limeade, a drink that’s as refreshing as a cool breeze on a warm day, perfect for cleansing the palate.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh cucumber
  • Limes
  • Honey or agave nectar
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice cubes

Shopping List (serves 2):

  • Cucumber (1)
  • Limes (2)
  • Honey or agave nectar (small bottle)
  • Fresh mint leaves (1 bunch)
  • Sparkling water (1 liter)

Preparation:

  1. Slice: Peel and slice cucumber. Reserve half for garnish.
  2. Mix: Squeeze lime juice and mix with honey/agave in a pitcher. Add sliced cucumber.
  3. Mint: Add bruised mint leaves.
  4. Combine: Top with sparkling water and stir.
  5. Serve: Pour over ice and garnish with cucumber slices and mint.

Conclusion: This Sparkling Cucumber Limeade is the perfect non-alcoholic beverage to accompany your salmon dish, offering a burst of freshness with every sip.


Citrus Harmony (Alcoholic)

A Symphony of Citrus:

Elevate your salmon experience with the Citrus Harmony, a vodka-based cocktail that brings a vibrant citrus punch, harmonizing beautifully with the flavors of the meal.

Ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • Lemon or lime wheel for garnish

Shopping List (serves 2):

  • Vodka (small bottle)
  • Lemons (2)
  • Limes (2)
  • Simple syrup (small bottle)
  • Club soda (1 liter)

Preparation:

  1. Mix: In a shaker, mix vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup with ice.
  2. Shake: Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice.
  3. Top: Add club soda and stir gently.
  4. Garnish: Decorate with a lemon or lime wheel.

Conclusion: The Citrus Harmony cocktail is a delightful complement to the grilled salmon, its vibrant flavors enhancing the dish’s lemon-garlic profile, making every sip a celebration of taste.


Sauvignon Blanc (Wine Pairing)

The Perfect Pairing:

A glass of Sauvignon Blanc is the ideal wine to accompany our grilled lemon-garlic salmon. Its crisp, citrusy notes and subtle herbaceous undertones beautifully echo the flavors of the dish.

Why It Pairs Well:

  • The acidity of Sauvignon Blanc cuts through the richness of the salmon, balancing the flavors.
  • The citrus notes in the wine complement the lemon in the dish, creating a harmonious flavor profile.
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