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Benefits of salmon
Salmon is a delicious fish with bright color that's so easy to cook and work with. It also comes with many health benefits:
- It's a great source of high quality and lean protein which is necessary for your body.
- Salmon has vitamin B12, vitamin A and vitamin D. Vitamin B12 prevents you from getting tired easily, vitamin A helps with eyesight and vitamin D supports your immune system.
- It's also packed with omega-3 fatty acids which are considered essential for your body.
- It might reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic disease.
How to buy salmon at grocery store
Unless you live in a coastal place where you have access to a fish market with fresh salmon, chance are that you buy salmon from a grocery store. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when shopping for salmon:
- Make sure the salmon has a bright orange or pink color with nice marbling. Avoid the salmon if you see any brown spots on it. The fish should have a bright shade of red to pink.
- It should smell fresh and not fishy.
- Frozen fish is just as good if you trust the freezing process and the source.
- A good fillet of salmon is firm to touch and springs back if you poke it with a finger.
Frequently asked questions
You can keep raw salmon tightly wrapped in a plastic wrap and placed on a plate or a baking sheet in the fridge for up to 2 days. Raw salmon lasts up to 3 months in the freezer.
Cooked salmon is best served right away. However, if you have leftovers, store in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 2 days.
Salmon is fully cooked once the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. You can also tell it's cooked when it flakes easily using a fork.
Side dishes for salmon
Salmon is such a versatile dish and can be served with many different side dishes. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Salads: Fattoush, Green goddess salad, Turkish white bean salad and Mediterranean salad.
- Potatoes: Greek potatoes, Turkish potato salad, skordalia and Greek baked fries.
- Vegetables: Grilled vegetables, Briam (Greek roasted vegetables), oven roasted vegetables and roasted brussel sprouts.
- Rice: Herb rice, brown rice, white rice and tahdig, saffron rice, Turkish rice pilaf with orzo and Greek lemon rice.
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- ½ red onion finely chopped
- 4 oz goat cheese
- ⅓ cup parsley chopped
- 1 avocado
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 20 crackers
- 4 oz smoked salmon
- Mix the red onion with goat cheese and parsley in a medium sized bowl.
- In another bowl mash the avocado and season it with salt and pepper.
- Spread the goat cheese mixture on the crackers, top with the avocado mash and the smoked salmon.
- Serve immediately.
- You can make the goat cheese mix ahead of time but mash the avocado right before assembling the crackers.
- This appetizer is best served right away. If sitting for too long, the crackers will get soggy and the avocado would turn brown.
- You can use lox or flaky smoked salmon for this recipe.
- Mix the avocado with a bit of lemon juice for a bit of brightness in the flavor.
- You can use plain or herb flavored goat cheese to make this appetizer.