Poached Salmon Salad; life is good

This is the time of year I start breaking my self-imposed ban on not buying greens.

The sun comes out, the air finally starts to warm up and I want salad.

I still try to stay with what is in season, like spinach (great spring crop but it’s been scarce this year) and lamb’s lettuce, aka: mâche.

Mon mari doesn’t have the grill out yet, although he bought supplies the other day, so I poached the salmon in white wine and tarragon.

Tarragon is another favorite spring crop and mine is doing well, as are the chives, lemon thyme and last year’s parsley.

I love spring.

Poached Salmon Salad

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 salmon fillets, 12oz (360gr) total weight, skinned
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) white wine
  • 1 tbs fresh tarragon, chopped or 1 tsp dried
  • 3oz (90gr) lamb’s lettuce or other spring green
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs white balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 tsp chopped tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tbs capers


  • Heat wine, 1 tbs tarragon in a medium skillet – just big enough to hold the salmon flat.
  • Add salmon, cover and simmer very gently 7 – 10 minutes, just until done. Time will vary according to thickness and salmon is done when it turns opaque.
  • Make vinaigrette: Whisk mustard and vinegar.
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly, until thick.
  • Stir in herbs.
  • Put lettuce in a large bowl. Add half of the vinaigrette and toss well to coat.
  • Divide salad onto 2 plates.
  • Top lettuce with salmon.
  • Add capers to remaining vinaigrette, spoon over salmon and serve..

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We had a cold wet January followed by a slightly warmer, wet February.

There was the occasional sunny, warm day tossed into the mix just to keep us sane.

In other words, we had great growing conditions for the grass but it was impossible to cut it because it was always wet.

Which allowed it to grow thicker and higher which caused it to stay wetter.

Yesterday was nice; today was nicer.

It was time….

This is the ‘before’ picture:

Typical spring…. bare spots next to thick clumps.

This is the ‘after’ picture:

The first cut in spring is always a bit rough.

And these are the girls….. lying in the sun on freshly cut grass, on a warm spring day, licking out peanut butter jars:

Life doesn’t get any better than this…..

Last update on March 10, 2017

4 thoughts on “Poached Salmon Salad; life is good”

  1. Perfect recipe for us. I am just off to cut our lawn now for the first time this year! Diane

  2. phoenicia, and lucky humans for having them….

    lifeincharente, mowing starts early here but it’s nice to have the green. Glad you like the salad.

    Zoomie, really – what more does one need!?

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