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      RECIPE TITLE "Sautéed Salmon with Asparagus and Chickpea Vinaigrette"
    Recipe from Simply Shrimp, Salmon and Fish Steaks , copyright © 2000 by Leslie Glover Pendleton. All rights reserved.

    yields serves 4 time---difficultymoderate

    When we are in Vermont, the only quality fish I can be sure to get are shrimp, salmon, and swordfish. I thought fresh salmon would be a treat for afriend from the coast of South Africa, who is used to plenty of fresh fish but had not had any since his move to Vermont. In my modest kitchen in the north, I came up with this version of crisp sautéed salmon using a dash of dark Vermont maple syrup. After one bite he looked up at me with a shocked look and said quietly, "This is the best fish I have ever tasted." The combination of vegetables, acidic sauce, and rich, silky salmon combine to make this my favorite salmon dish.

      RECIPE INGREDIENTS

    1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed
    1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    1/2 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon for cooking salmon
    1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or 1 teaspoon honey
    coarse kosher or sea salt
    freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup canned chickpeas, white beans, or black beans, rinsed well
    3 tablespoons minced fresh chives or scallions
    1 1/2 pounds center-cut skinned salmon fillet, cut crosswise into 4 portions.

      RECIPE METHOD

    Cut the asparagus into one-inch pieces at an angle. In a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the asparagus for 1 to 2 minutes or until tender but crisp. Drain and rinse briefly under cold water.

    In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 1/2 cup oil, the syrup, and salt and pepper. Stir the asparagus, chickpeas, and chives into the lemon mixture.

    Season the salmon with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over moderate heat and sauté the salmon for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until crisp and cooked through. Add the asparagus mixture to the skillet just to warm the sauce. Divide the salmon and sauce among four plates and serve.


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