Cook Smart for a Healthy Heart, Reader's Digest CanadaMarch 4, 2008
Conjure up the colours and flavours of a tropical island with this unusual warm salmon salad. The rich flavour of salmon is perfectly balanced by the gentle acidity of orange and the sweetness of mango and papaya.
Heat a small frying pan. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods and add them to the hot pan together with the cumin seeds. Toast for just a few seconds to release the aromas, then tip the cardamom and cumin seeds into a nonmetallic dish.
Add the lime rind and juice, orange juice, soy sauce and honey to the seeds, and season with pepper. Place the pieces of salmon fillet in the dish. Turn them over to coat both sides. Cover and leave to marinate for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the broiler. Lift the salmon out of the marinade and broil on one side only; the salmon fillets should still be slightly translucent in the centre. Meanwhile, pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring just to a boil.
Arrange the salad leaves in the middle of 4 plates. Scatter the mango and papaya cubes and orange segments over and around the salad. Place the cooked salmon pieces on top of the salad and pieces of fruit and spoon over the warm marinade. Serve tropical salmon salad immediately.
Per serving: 256 calories, 23 g protein, 8 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 54 mg cholesterol, 25 g total carbohydrate, 24 g sugars, 4 g fibre, 249 mg sodium
Salmon is not only valuable for its omega-3 fatty acids, it is a useful source of potassium, which helps to regulate fluid balance and prevent high blood pressure.