Sauteed Salmon with Orzo Feta and Red Wine Viniagrette

Sauteed Salmon with Orzo Feta and Red Wine Viniagrette

Sauteed Salmon with Orzo Feta and Red Wine Viniagrette

Sauteed Salmon with Orzo Feta and Red Wine Viniagrette

This sautéed salmon with orzo, feta, and red wine vinaigrette originally called for the recipe to be grilled. I haven’t set up my grill, and I don’t have a grill pan, so I sautéed it. While it was the second sautéed dish in a row, it was also another quick and easy dish to prepare, so that was a win-win.

An interesting thing I found with this recipe was the preparation of the spinach. You cook the orzo, and while it’s still hot, add the spinach, and allow the steam to wilt it without having to cook it in a pan.  I loved this!  It also made the dish look nice and pretty. Another thing I love about this dish is that it would work warm or cold.  The orzo is more of a salad, and is served room temp, and salmon is great at any temp as far as I’m concerned. The balance of flavors was very nice too.  I don’t think I’ve ever had basil with feta or olives before, and I’ve never had pine nuts with any of these ingredients (with the exception of a basil pesto). I thought it all worked very well together. The acidity of the red wine vinaigrette complimented the grape tomatoes nicely. The bf was not as impressed as I was; he’s not a fan of olives, but came around once he picked them out.  Compared to the balsamic glazed salmon, this meal kept me feeling full for a longer period of time, which I attribute to the orzo. I would like to try this recipe from epicurious again with grilled salmon. I’ve never grilled salmon before, and would love the challenge.

sauteed salmon with orzo feta and red wine vinaigrette

for the orzo:

  • 1 ½ cups orzo
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 3 cups not packed)
  • 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • ½ cup pine nuts (toasted (see Kitchen Note))
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (4 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (for garnish)

for the salmon:

  • four 5-ounce skinless salmon fillets
  • olive oil (for coating the fish)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

make the orzo:

  1. Prepare an outdoor grill for medium- high cooking over direct heat. Meanwhile, make the orzo salad: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo and cook, stirring often, for about 8 minutes, or until just tender. Drain the orzo in a sieve and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the vinegar, shallots, and garlic together. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the warm orzo, spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts, and basil with the vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside at room temperature.

cook the salmon:

  1. Coat the salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Oil the cooking grate. Place the salmon on the grill with the top right corner of each fillet facing the 2-o’clock position and cook for 4 minutes, without moving the salmon. (This will help give the salmon a good sear of nice grill marks and help it release from the grate.) Using a thin metal spatula, starting at the corner of each fillet nearest you, flip the fillets over. Grill for about 2 minutes, or until the fish is opaque with a slightly rosy center when flaked in the thickest part with the tip of a small knife. Remove from the grill. Mound the salad in the center of a large serving platter or four dinner plates. Sprinkle with the feta cheese. Top with the salmon, sprinkle with the chives, and serve.
toasting pine nuts To toast pine nuts, heat a dry medium skillet over medium heat. Add the nuts and cook,stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate and let cool.

33 Comments Add yours

  1. I love orzo too! It’s another fun way for me to get my pasta fix 🙂

  2. Thanks! I’m always looking for new and interesting recipes to change up the dinner routine.

  3. I was surprised by the amount of flavor from a few simple ingredients.

  4. adriana says:

    What a great recipe idea! I love including orzo in my recipes, it’s such a versatile addition to meals. Yum!!

  5. Emily says:

    Oh wow, this looks mouth watering good! I feel like we always have the same things for dinner, and something like this yummy salmon is just what we need to change things up!

  6. Bonnie G says:

    I don’t eat much fish but this dish looks amazing! I would love to make this.

  7. This dish has a really nice color. It sounds like a meal that both hubby and my mother would love to be served for dinner.

  8. I think it would be just as good without, or you could possibly substitute it with goat cheese if you’re a fan. I bet that would be good too!

  9. It was! And with the orzo filling as well. Add a nice glass of white wine (if you imbibe) and you have the perfect meal 🙂

  10. You’re right! This would make a great end of summer dish. I think it would work as a summer salad too.

  11. It was all of those things! I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to finding more salmon recipes.

  12. I was delicious and I can’t believe I ate salmon every day for a week! I thought I would tire of it, but I’d eat salmon right now if I could 🙂

  13. I get bored too! I was so lucky to find these recipes and try something a little different.

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