Embark on a delectable culinary experience with Cedar Plank Salmon elegantly paired with roasted eggplant, accompanied by a vibrant medley of greens and crispy veggie chips.
Prepare for a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that will leave you craving for every delightful bite.
Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon is the star of the recipe
This salmon is the recipe star and comes from Cedar Bay Grilling Company. This company is an award-winning producer of frozen salmon products located in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon products are easy to prepare and great for all lifestyles and tastes. They are available in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
If you have never tried this product before, you are in for a real treat! The salmon is already prepared to be baked or grilled, and it comes on a pre-soaked cedar plank.
We all know that fish is good for us, and many people like to eat it, but they are intimidated by it or just don't know how to prepare it properly.
With this product, there is no work to be done before. You just need to thaw it (overnight, in the fridge), remove it from the packaging, and place it on the grill or in the oven.
It is already seasoned, so the only thing you need to do is choose the flavor you like in the store and go with it.
The oven or the grill needs to reach a temperature of 425F, and the salmon needs to be cooked only for 18-20 minutes, or until the temperature inside the salmon is about 145F.
For this recipe, I chose the Applewood with Orange & Ginger Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon.
Why I liked this recipe
I wanted to create an elegant dish that you could make any time of the year for either casual or formal entertainment.
The recipe features a greens salad mixed with other vegetables and veggie chips (for texture), dressed with a simple vinaigrette made with ginger and orange(to match the salmon flavor profile).
Everything goes on a bed of roasted eggplant spread and served with beautiful pieces of salmon.
I do not have access to a grill, so I chose to bake the salmon in the oven for this recipe. I am sure many of you are in the same situation.
Plus, I think it is fantastic that you can also cook it in the oven, especially during the cold season, when nobody wants to go outside to grill.
How to prepare the salmon and the salad:
The instructions on the back of the package are easy to follow.
Step 1. Roast the eggplants.
I used three eggplants that I roasted in the oven. This recipe of roasted eggplant salad is a good point to start.
Chop the eggplants really fine, almost like a paste, and add olive oil, lemon juice, and salt to them.
With a vertical blender, emulsify the eggplants and bring them to an almost pale color.
Dice some onions and mix them in. Finally, set them aside in the refrigerator for later use.
Step 2. Cook the salmon.
Preheat the oven(or the grill) to 425F and follow the instructions on the planked salmon package on how to cook it.
Step 3. Make the salad vinaigrette.
While the salmon is cooking, make the salad and prepare the dressing. (see the recipe below)
Is the salmon cooked? It should look like this:
Absolutely beautiful and very inviting if you ask me! It was really hard to take pictures of this recipe and not stick my fork in that salmon and destroy it! 🙂
Step 4. Assemble the dish.
When everything is prepared, place a generous tablespoon of eggplant on each plate, spread it around, add the salad, and decorate it with veggie chips and pieces of salmon.
Serve it with a glass of wine and a lot of pride because I am more than sure your guests will be impressed with your presentation.
The orange/ginger flavor on the salmon is absolutely beautiful, and I was surprised to notice that the fish is not overly salty!
If you are cooking from scratch, as I do, you know how awesome it is to control the amount of salt you consume.
So, to make the story short, I loved the challenge and the recipe I came up with. It took me a few days to plan it, as I tend to overthink everything and want it to be perfect, but I am pleased.
This is definitely a recipe that I will make again and again.
Have you ever cooked salmon on a plank? Are you going to look for the product?
How do you usually cook your salmon?
Cedar Plank Salmon on Mixed Greens
- 24 ounces Orange-Ginger Atlantic Salmon filet on Cedar Plank from Cedar Bay Grilling Company defrosted
Roasted eggplant salad:
- 3 roasted eggplants (salad)
- ½ small onion diced very small
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
Greens and vegetables for the salad:
- 6 ounces baby spinach
- 6 ounces arugula
- 1 bunch parsley roughly chopped
- 1 medium red onion sliced thin
- 1 medium red bell pepper sliced thin
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper sliced thin
- 6 medium radishes sliced thin
Ingredients for the vinaigrette:
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 orange zest and juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Chips for texture:
- 3 ounces veggie chips
Make the eggplant salad.
- Roast the eggplants.
- Chop the eggplant really fine or use a vertical blender to obtain a paste.(it should be the consistency of hummus)
- Add olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Emulsify again with the vertical blender. Add the diced onion and mix well.Set aside in the refrigerator for later use.
Bake or grill the salmon.
- Preheat oven/grill to 425F.
- Cook the salmon according to the package.
Make the green salad.
- Combine the greens with red onion, radishes, red pepper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, ginger powder, salt, and pepper to obtain a vinaigrette.
- Pour over the salad and toss gently to coat.
- Remove the salmon from the plank and chop it into big chunks enough to serve six people.
Assemble the plates.
- Place a generous tablespoon of eggplant on each plate and spread it, so you can place a portion of salad on top of it.
- Decorate with veggie chips and pieces of salmon.