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Brightly colored pomegranate seeds, or arils, give this roasted salmon a festive look. The arils are combined with avocado to make a chunky salsa.

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Recipe: Roasted salmon with pomegranate-avocado salsa

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6D

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 13 minutes

Serves 4


2 teaspoons ground coriander

2 teaspoons sugar

Salt, as needed

1 pomegranate, seeded

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño pepper or to taste

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 avocados, diced

1 heart of romaine lettuce, about 7 ounces

4 center-cut salmon fillets the same thickness, 6 to 7 ounces each

1 lime, cut in eighths for garnish


Mix coriander, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt, then reserve. Up to 4 hours before serving, mix pomegranate arils, onion, lime juice, jalapeño and garlic. Gently fold in avocado. If holding for more than 30 minutes, put plastic wrap against the surface of the salsa, then tightly cover and store in the refrigerator. Remove about 30 minutes before serving.

Separate the romaine leaves, wash, then dry thoroughly. Reserve 4 of the most attractive leaves for garnish. Slice the remaining leaves crosswise in thin shreds, then reserve.

To prepare the salmon, rub a generous teaspoon of the reserved seasoning mixture over each piece. Arrange the salmon on a baking sheet, skin-side down. Roast at 500 degrees for about 11 minutes for medium-rare (salmon should be spongy when pressed with a finger at its thickest part) and 13 minutes for medium-well (salmon should be just firm when pressed with a finger at its thickest part).

While the salmon cooks, mound 1/4 of the shredded romaine on each of 4 serving plates. Top with 1/2 cup salsa. When the salmon is done, let it cool slightly – it should be warm, but not hot. Put a piece of salmon on each plate, and garnish with a reserved romaine leaf and 2 lime wedges.

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