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Salmon Salad with Smashed Potatoes & Roasted Tomatoes

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Salmon salad with smashed potatoes and roasted tomatoes | something New For Dinner This salmon salad is my latest platter salad recipe. Platter salads are one of my favorite ways to eat. Rather than tossing salad ingredients into a bowl, I combine a variety of delicious ingredients on top of a large shallow platter of lettuce. This allows guests to pick and choose which ingredients and how much of each ingredient they want for their meal.

Salmon salad with smashed potatoes and roasted tomatoes | something New For Dinner

Platter salads are particularly nice when you have a standout ingredient like this wild salmon to showcase on the platter.

Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat

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Slow-Roasted Salmon Salad

Slow-roasting provides a fairly fool-proof way to prepare salmon. You roast a fillet on very low heat at 250 degrees for 40 - 50 minutes. The result is moist and tender salmon every time. This slow-roasted technique for salmon salad can be incorporated into a variety of other dishes that feature salmon.

Smashed Potatoes

Smashed potatoes are always a great addition to a platter salad. The potatoes are cooked twice. First they are cooked in a pot of salted water, then they are cooled, smashed and dipped into an olive oil and garlic mixture before roasting in the oven. The result is garlicky potatoes with crispy outsides and creamy insides. If you like these smashed potatoes you will enjoy my other smashed potato recipes including:

Oven Roasted Tomatoes and an Update to My Old Method

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When I first started oven-roasting tomatoes many years ago I used plum tomatoes and roasted them very slowly for three to four hours. The results were delicious, but even though the oven does all the work, it takes planning to find 3 - 4 hours at home. Recently I switched to using smaller vine-on cocktail tomatoes. Trader Joe's calls them pearl tomatoes.

Cocktail tomatoes | Something New For Dinner

These tomatoes are about the size of a golf ball, sweet and can be oven-roasted in an hour and a half to two hours at 250 degrees F.

This Salmon Salad Recipe Takes a Little Time and Multiple Pans

While this salmon salad recipe is something I can bang out on a weeknight (because my office is in my house) it takes a few steps, several pans and some time to put together. If you plan, you can make it easier and more time efficient by preparing a few of the ingredients in advance.
  • Oven-roasted tomatoes - can be made a day or up to a week in advance.
  • Boiled eggs - can be made a few days in advance.
  • French green beans - can be cooked, drained and stored in the fridge a day ahead of time.
  • Dressing -- can be made a day ahead of time.
That leaves the salmon and the smashed potatoes, which can be prepared together in about an hour. So yes, you can make this salmon salad on a weeknight if you plan ahead. Salmon salad with smashed potatoes and roasted tomatoes | Something New For Dinner I think you will find the extra time required to make this tasty and healthy salmon salad is worth it.  

Salmon Salad with Smashed Potatoes and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

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This beautiful salmon salad is an arranged salad that incorporates slow-roasted salmon, oven-roasted tomatoes, crispy smashed potatoes, boiled eggs and green beans, spread out on a platter of lettuce.

Ingredients

For the oven-roasted tomatoes:

  • 2 pounds cocktail tomatoes (1 1/2 to 2" vine-on tomatoes available at Trader Joes and Costco)
  • 3 T olive oil (don't bother to measure, just drizzle on tomatoes)

For the smashed potatoes:

  • 1 1/2 pounds miniature Yukon Gold or other waxy potatoes (about 2" in diameter), washed
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup or more olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the salmon:

  • 1 1/2 pound salmon, skin on
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • Kosher salt

For the salad:

  • 1/2 pound French green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce or other green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 4 boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 T capers

For the salad dressing: 

  • 1/2 shallot, finely minced
  • Zest from one lemon and 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 t dried dill
  • 6 T olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

For the roasted tomatoes:

  1. Heat the oven to 250 degrees F. Slice the tomatoes in half, slicing across the core. Spread them cut side up on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Roast for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until tomatoes are shriveled, but still juicy. Actual time will depend on the size of your tomatoes. Remove from the oven and set aside or place in a container and refrigerate.

Tomatoes can be roasted several days ahead and will keep nicely in the fridge for a week.

For the smashed potatoes: 

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Fill a pot large enough to hold the potatoes with water and add 1 T kosher salt. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook until al dente, about 15 - 20 minutes. When fork-tender, drain and spread out on a plate to cool.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, mix the garlic and olive oil in a small prep bowl. 
  3. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, place them on a cutting board and individually smash each one with the heel of your hand. Dip each smashed potato in the olive oil and garlic mixture and lay on a baking sheet, taking care not to over crowd. Don't worry if they fall apart a bit. Just scoop them up and place them on baking sheet. Roast for about 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes. Potatoes are done when the edges are crispy and golden brown. 

For the salmon:

  1. Heat the oven to 225 degrees F. Lay the salmon on a baking sheet skin side down. Rub with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with kosher. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes until the center of the fish is flakey when you nudge it. Thicker filets will require a little more time than thinner cuts. Remove from the oven and set aside. 

For the green beans:

  1. Bring a pot of water big enough to hold the beans to a boil. Add a couple teaspoons of kosher salt. Add the beans and cook until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.

For the dressing: 

  1. Put shallots, lemon zest, lemon juice and dill in a small bowl. Whisk in the olive oil to form an emulsion and season to taste with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. 

For the salad: 

  1. Toss the lettuce and the green beans separately with about half of the salad dressing. Spread the dressed lettuce over a large oval platter. Arrange the salmon, the roasted tomatoes, the dressed green beans, the potatoes and the boiled eggs on top of the lettuce. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the salmon, tomatoes, potatoes and eggs. Tops with capers and serve.

Notes

  1. This salad may be served hot or at room temperature.
  2. Both the potatoes and the green beans are cooked in heavily salted water. The water should be salted until it tastes like the sea. This may seem like an immense amount of salt, but only a fraction actually enters the food. The result is the food is seasoned and flavorful and you will need less salt later in the process, if any.

Courses Dinner

Cuisine New American

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