(Family Features) Hot days enjoying the summer sun are often best paired with meals that won’t drag you down, meaning lighter fare should be on your family’s menu. Skip the heavy recipes that leave you feeling uncomfortable and instead put a flaky, delicious option like wild salmon at the center of your plate.
Fresh, wild-caught California king salmon is available through mid-October, making it a perfect choice for satisfying warm weather dishes. Featuring tender, flaky meat with a rich, buttery flavor ideal for grilling, king salmon is also heart-healthy and packed with omega-3 fatty acids.
The fishery is managed responsibly to ensure there is never overfishing so you can feel good about the local, melt-in-your-mouth salmon. Plus, a portion of the commercial license fees are used to support habitat restoration projects, meaning money goes back to the fishery each time you enjoy it.
If it’s simply too hot to cook outdoors, Pan Seared Salmon with Cucumbers and Creme Fraiche offers a reprieve from the heat by putting your stovetop to work. Mix fresh cucumbers, red onion, dill and creme fraiche for a cool, creamy side then sear salmon seasoned with salt and pepper for a savory summer dish.
When you’re ready to head outside and fire up the grill, Cedar Plank Salmon with Miso Soy Glaze combines light, flaky salmon with a sweet homemade sauce to highlight the flavors of the season. Plus, it’s served right off cured cedar planks for an added touch.
Visit CalKingSalmon.org to find more recipes fit for light summer meals.
Recipe courtesy of chef Laura Kenny, Real Food Catering, on behalf of the California Salmon Council Servings: 4
Cucumbers and Creme Fraiche:
Pan Seared Salmon:
Recipe courtesy of chef Laura Kenny, Real Food Catering, on behalf of the California Salmon Council Servings: 2
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