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Salmon Cakes with Olives, Lemon & Dill

September/October 2013

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Studded with briny olives, bright lemon zest and a touch of dill, this healthy, easy salmon cake recipe is perfect for dinner and for freezing. Whether you serve the salmon cakes on a bun like a burger with lettuce and tomato or paired with a mixed green salad, try a dollop of reduced-fat mayo mixed with lemon juice on top.


Salmon Cakes with Olives, Lemon & Dill Recipe

Makes: 8 servings, 1 salmon cake each

Serving Size: 1 salmon cake each

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Ingredients

  • 4 scallions, quartered
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill or thyme
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds wild salmon (see Tip), skinned and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Preparation

  1. Place scallions, olives and dill (or thyme) in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in lemon zest, salt and pepper.
  2. Working in 3 or 4 batches, pulse salmon just 2 or 3 times to finely chop, but not puree. Add the chopped salmon to the bowl; gently mix until combined. (Alternatively, finely chop salmon, scallions, olives and herbs by hand before combining with lemon zest, salt and pepper.) Divide the mixture into 8 patties, about 3 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes (or up to 2 hours) before cooking.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 salmon cakes and cook until browned on both sides and just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total. Repeat with the remaining oil and salmon cakes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cool completely, then wrap airtight and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat at 450°F for 20 minutes or wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) is considered the best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished and has a more stable population. Farmed salmon, including Atlantic, should be avoided, as it endangers the wild salmon population.

Nutrition

Per serving: 214 calories; 10 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 29 g protein; 1 g fiber; 339 mg sodium; 551 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium (16% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 fat



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