MY MUSE BOX - Swimming Upstream

Salmon Epinard - for the non-fish lover

I love spinach!  I love walnuts!  I love roasted red bell peppers!  I’m not in love with fish. Not even salmon. I like salmon, okay, but that “like” has never turned into “love.” But…. I’d swim upstream for salmon epinard.

Richard (of My Dinners With Richard “fame”) and I first had this dish a couple of years ago when we visited my cousin Linda and her husband, John.  She loves to find new dishes to serve us… well, to serve Richard, really. They share a love for cooking.  John and I share a love for eating good cooking.

On an earlier visit Richard had made Giada’s salmon with minted pea puree in lemon broth (a salmon dish I love, I admit)…


…so Linda was thrilled when she discovered this new salmon recipe, and couldn’t wait to try it out on us.  We loved it!  So much so, that Richard has added this dish to his favorite recipes “for company”… though he did make it just for me, the other night.

Whether you love salmon or like it… I soooooooo recommend you give this recipe a try.  You won’t be disappointed.





1 teaspoon olive oil

2 oz. spinach

1 teaspoon lemon zest

¼ cup chopped roasted red bell peppers

¼ cup fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Cooking spray

4 salmon filets

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons bread crumbs

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon pepper



Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheet with foil, lightly spray.

Cook spinach in oil and zest, stir in roasted peppers, basil and walnuts.

Cut slit in salmon for pocket and stuff it with the cooked spinach mixture.

Baste with mustard.

Stir remaining ingredients and sprinkle over fish.

Lightly spray.

Bake 10 – 12 minutes.







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Richard Camp May 06, 2013 at 09:07 PM
This is the guy who cooked it, chiming in. Not only is this delicious EVERYTHING in it is good for you... Salmon has omega-3, of course, but so do walnuts (the only nut that contains omega-3). Bell peppers are number three on the list of top ten foods that are high in vitamin C. And spinach? Well, ask Popeye. Basil and mustard? Good nutrients. And if you don't want to use bread crumbs, try sprinkling with crushed walnuts to pump up the nutrients.
Irene DeBlasio May 07, 2013 at 04:27 AM
@IlonaSaari @RichardCamp We have you two to thank for always making us hungry with your delicious recipes and plating. I've tried this one out already and it was fabulous. Don't hate me because I left out the peppers (they're gassy). There --I've confessed! You rock!
Ilona Saari May 07, 2013 at 02:28 PM
... and he makes a mean 'rock' fish stew. ;o) Think it would still be very, very delish w/o the peppers.


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