Maple Mustard Salmon with Lentils and Wilted Greens

Maple Mustard Salmon with Lentils and Wilted Greens

My wife and I are blessed with a great group of friends and this weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a little dinner party. I spent all week planning the meal, shopping and prepping the ingredients. The day of was spent in the kitchen as well! Not that I minded, obviously- I feel most at home in my kitchen! But after was all said and done, I realized something: instead of cooking meals I’m familiar with, if given the chance I will ALWAYS push myself to create something new, different, creative etc. It’s something I love about myself but sometimes I wish I could control my creative juices just a bit. The creative energy I put into those dishes tends to cloud my enjoyment of the actual meal. Even if the meal is a huge success, sometimes I wish I could just enjoy eating. Sometimes I just need take a step back to prepare a simple roasted Maple-Mustard Salmon dish. A dish that’s so damn tasty, and so easy to fully enjoy.

I get asked all the time what my signature dish is. No offense to anyone that has asked me but I really hate that question. There are literally 100+ ways to cook an egg. How could I could choose just 1 recipe between the billion different cuisines, techniques, philosophies, and ingredients out there? This maple-mustard salmon recipe has been in my wheelhouse for a while, however, so I guess you could say this is kind of signature for me…? I guess? It’s not fancy in technique but ticks all of the flavor profiles I try to hit. The meal is healthy without being anemic. It’s vibrant in flavor and color, and it takes less than an hour to prepare! So I suppose its not too bad of a “signature” to have, huh?

Maple Mustard Salmon with Lentils and Wilted Greens
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Maple-Mustard Salmon with Apple-scented Lentils and Wilted Greens
This Maple-Mustard Salmon recipe is a blend of all things sweet, spicy, salty, creamy, and crunchy. No two bites are the same making this meal a no-brainer repeat for the family.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Lentils
Wiled Greens
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Lentils
Wiled Greens
Instructions
Apple-scented Lentils
  1. Thoroughly rinse lentils and pick out any pebbles or rocks. In saucepan over medium heat, add oil and warm until shimmering. Add in the carrots, celery, onions and saute until soft, 1-2 minutes. Add in the ginger and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add in the lentils, apple juice, and chicken stock/water. Bring to a boil then lower temperature to medium low heat and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until lentils are al dente. Stir in the chili flakes, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Finish with mint and parsley.
    Beluga lentils
Wilted Greens
  1. In saute pan over medium heat, add olive oil. When the oil is shimmering, add in the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Once garlic is fragrant, add in the greens. Saute for 1-2 minutes, until the greens are wilted and soft but not overcooked (it'll turn army green instead of staying vibrant green if overcooked). Season with salt and apple cider vinegar.
Maple-Mustard Salmon
  1. Mix the maple syrup, whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire in a bowl. Place salmon potions in bowl and coat with marinade. Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour. Spray sheet pan with cooking spray and place salmon on sheet pan. Preheat oven on high broiler setting. Roast salmon for 7-9 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 115-120 degrees for medium rare.
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