Roasted Salmon with Smoky Chickpeas & Greens

Roasted Salmon with Smoky Chickpeas & Greens

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2018

In this healthy salmon dinner, you'll get a dose of greens and green dressing! Chowing down on 6 or more servings of dark leafy greens a week can help keep your brain in top shape. This dish features the Test Kitchen's current go-to method for doctoring a can of chickpeas: spice them up and roast until crispy.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided, plus a pinch
  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives and/or dill, plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 10 cups chopped kale
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1¼ pounds wild salmon, cut into 4 portions


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  1. Position racks in upper third and middle of oven; preheat to 425°F.
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon oil, paprika and ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Very thoroughly pat chickpeas dry, then toss with the paprika mixture. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the chickpeas on the upper rack, stirring twice, for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, puree buttermilk, mayonnaise, herbs, ¼ teaspoon pepper and garlic powder in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add kale and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add water and continue cooking until the kale is tender, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in a pinch of salt.
  5. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and push them to one side of the pan. Place salmon on the other side and season with the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes.
  6. Drizzle the reserved dressing on the salmon, garnish with more herbs, if desired, and serve with the kale and chickpeas.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 4 oz. salmon, ¾ cup greens, ¼ cup chickpeas & 2½ Tbsp. dressing
  • Per serving: 447 calories; 22 g fat(4 g sat); 6 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 37 g protein; 78 mcg folate; 73 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 5,200 IU vitamin A; 52 mg vitamin C; 198 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 557 mg sodium; 991 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (104% daily value), Vitamin C (87% dv), Calcium (20% dv), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ vegetable, 5 lean protein, 3 fat

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