Let me tell you more about Cedar bay grilling company:
Cedar Bay Grilling Company is an award-winning producer of frozen salmon products located in Nova Scotia, Canada. The company’s Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon products are easy to prepare and great for all lifestyles and tastes. They are available in Canada, Unites States and United Kingdom.
If you are interested to buy their products, they are available at: Kroger, Publix, Hannaford, Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Ralph’s, Giant, Giant eagle, Stop n Shop, Roche Bros, Festivals. Here is a map to check the stores in your area for US or Canada.
As a blogger, I agreed to participate in this recipe challenge for the company. I received one free Sugar & Spice 24 oz Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon, and one 24 oz Applewood with Orange & Ginger Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon, to create my recipes with.
If you go through my blog, you will notice that I am not doing a lot of product reviews. I am very selective with the types of products I use in my kitchen and like to work with companies that can provide quality ingredients for my recipes.
I love fish and I love salmon, so this challenge was a good fit for my blog and what I believe in.
A few words about Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon:
If you never tried Cedar Planked Atlantic Salmon before you are in for a real treat! The salmon is already prepared to be baked or grilled and it comes on a 14” 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 (like I did, overnight, in the fridge), remove from the packaging and place on the grill or in the oven.
It is already seasoned, so the only thing you need to do is basically choose in the store the flavor you like 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 .
Cedar Bay Planked Salmon On Roasted Eggplant With Greens And Root Veggie Chips
I wanted to create an elegant dish that could be made any time of the year for either casual or formal entertaining.
The recipe is a salad of greens mixed with other vegetables and root veggie chips (for texture). The salad is 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 for this recipe I chose to bake the salmon in the oven. I am sure many of you are in the same situation. Plus, I think it is awesome that you can also cook it in the oven, especially during the cold season, when nobody wants to go outside and grill.
The instructions on the back of the package are easy to follow.
Start with roasting the eggplants. I used 3 eggplants that I roasted in the oven. Read here about the process, which is very simple.
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.
Preheat the oven(or the grill) to 425F and follow the instructions on the planked salmon package on how to cook it.
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:
It is absolutely beautiful and very inviting, if you ask me. It was really hard to take the pictures of this recipe and not stick my fork in that salmon and destroy it! 🙂
When everything is prepared, place a generous tablespoon of eggplant on each plate and spread it around, then add the salad, decorate with root 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 are going to 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, like 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? (This is my first time)
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How do you usually cook your salmon?
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- 1 24 oz Orange-Ginger Atlantic Salmon filet on Cedar Plank from Cedar Bay Grilling Company (defrosted)
- 3 roasted eggplant(see recipe here)
- 1/2 small onion diced very small
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- 6 oz baby spinach
- 6 oz 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
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 orange(zest and juice)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 oz root veggie chips
- Roast the eggplant.(see recipe here)
- 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.
- Preheat oven/grill to 425F and cook the salmon according to the package.
- While the salmon is cooking, make the 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.
- Pour over the salad and toss gently to coat.
- Remove the salmon from the plank and chop it in big chunks enough to serve 6 people.
- 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 root veggie chips and pieces of salmon.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 432 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 38mg Sodium: 264mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 18g Protein: 17g