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Roasted Salmon with Smoky Chickpeas & Greens
“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.”
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
1Position racks in upper third and middle of oven; preheat to 425°F.
2Combine 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.
3Meanwhile, puree buttermilk, mayonnaise, herbs, ¼ teaspoon pepper and garlic powder in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
4Heat 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.
5Remove 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.
6Drizzle the reserved dressing on the salmon, garnish with more herbs, if desired, and serve with the kale and chickpeas.