6 July 2011

Our Cooking Light Supper Club Goes Alfresco with Poached Salmon with Creamy Herb Sauce

Poached Salmon with Creamy Herb Sauce

We are so glad you have decided to join us once again for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. This is a monthly event where 5 ladies and one gent in two neighbouring countries, Canada and the United States, get together to create a delicious meal with a theme in mind. We are now in our second year and continue to share a love for Cooking Light magazine which has an emphasis on healthy eating and living. This is a team effort where we combine what Cooking Light readers like best...good food with great company!!! Every month millions of readers turn to Cooking Light for recipes, advice on nutrition and fitness. This months theme "Sounds Like Summer" was chosen by Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen.

It’s finally summer, and I for one can’t resist enjoying more of the longer, warmer days with meals in the great outdoors. Instead of welcoming friends in from the cold, I relish ushering them outside for lingering dinners on the deck. Is it just me, or does everything taste better when eaten outside? Whether it's a camp site, your cottage, the beach or your own backyard, dining outside offers the perfect opportunity to entertain outdoors enhanced by mother nature.

Alfreso meals are the kind you can prepare in the cooling breezes of a summer morning and serve care free for supper that night without heating up the kitchen. In true Virtual Supper style we have whipped up a menu that delights all of your senses. Lets see what we have cooked up for you with this months theme. From informal after work gatherings to elegant, fine china brunches, this menu will provide you with some key tips and recipe ideas to help make your alfresco suppers a major success.

Jerry of Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants  starts our alfresco dinner off with a Grilled Pizza with Prosciutto, Arugula, and Lemon. The dough develops a yeastier, more complex flavor from a 24-hour resting period in the refrigerator. You can also use store-bought dough and make the process even easier.

Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen wowed us with a Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto. Asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash and sugar snap peas all combine together for this heavenly dish.

Jamie of Mom's Cooking Club brings along a refreshing Summer Peach and Tomato Salad for a well rounded meal.

I brought along an entree of Poached Salmon with Creamy Herb Sauce. Poach the salmon in the cool breezes of early morning, perhaps not that early, whip up the sauce and dinner will on the table in minutes when the time comes.

Roz of La Bella Vita 's Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches from the pages of Cooking Light are a fitting end to our alfresco dining. Shaved bittersweet chocolate and amaretti cookies from your local specialty or gourmet markets and you have a winner! 

Sandi of The Whistlestop Cafe accompanied dessert with Peach Ice Cream. Cooling and refreshing, a perfect ending.

If you would care to join in either link your light alfresco recipes or add your link to the Linky tool below.

**Poached Salmon with Creamy Herb Sauce**

  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons sliced shallots
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 2 parsley sprigs
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh sorrel
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Remaining Ingredients:
  • 3 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 8 cups torn Bibb lettuce (about 5 ounces)

 1. To prepare salmon, combine the first 6 ingredients in a large skillet; bring to a boil. Add fish to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes (fish may not be completely cooked). Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Remove fish from pan with a slotted spoon; place on a dish. Cover and chill. Discard cooking liquid.

2. To prepare sauce, combine mayonnaise and next 9 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl; cover and chill.

3. Cook peas in boiling water 1 minute or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Arrange 2 cups of lettuce and 3/4 cup peas on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 salmon fillet and about 3 tablespoons sauce.

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  1. Poached salmon is so tasty! A great pairing. Yummy.



  2. The cooking club is such a wonderful idea and another example of the awesome group of people comprising food blogging! It all looks fabulous but this salmon has to be the winner!

  3. We were discussing the other night how we cook salmon. I had seen The Two Fat Ladies poach it with orange slices, orange juice and red wine. And have made it that way ever since!
    Your herb sauce looks marvelous, Val.

  4. Oh, this looks so good! I love salmon with some kind of creamy sauce. I make a similar one, but yours sounds even better. I will definitely have to try this. Wonderful!

  5. Oh, I love salmon! Most often I grill it and have a reiyaki sauce with it. (Well, that's what Mr. Rosemary likes best!) I've had poached salmon at other people's places but I've yet to make it myself. It's going to be so hot today, poached salmon sounds wonderful!

  6. Val, This looks like a light entree for a hot summer day...hmmm I think white peach sangria would be a good fit here.

  7. I love the whole idea of your eating club - especially that you cross borders and are international! All the dishes people brought sound great, but this salmon is perfect for a hot summer day. I think I've got my dinner planned now.

  8. I love salmon. However, I never poach it. Must try this. How fresh and lovely for summer!

  9. My fish poacher hasn't seen much use since we moved from Charleston, S.C.. I've been thinking of doing a whole salmon for a dinner party and your sauce sounds delicious to serve with it.


  10. Everything sounds wonderful, Val. Your salmon is outstanding. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  11. Great pairing. I always like to make a yougurt sauce with herbs with my poached salmon...so refreshing on a warm summers eve

  12. That herb sauce looks amazing, Val!! I adore salmon, especially with fresh, delicious sauces like yours. :-)

  13. Salmon is a happy meal for us... no matter how it's cooked.
    That cream sauce looks delightful!

  14. Val, thanks again for such a fun event with such nice people to 'party' with! Your salmon is gorgeous! I'm always trying to find new ways to prepare one of my favorite fish! The sauce sounds wonderful, Val! I'm all linked up with my dessert. We gobbled it down!

  15. AnonymousJuly 06, 2011

    This looks delicious - I can't wait to give it a try. Believe it or not but I have never poached salmon - time to try a new technique.

  16. Al fresco meals sound super ideal! Especially given this intense heat. I love the sound of that salmon!

  17. Valli this look fresh and perfect, xxgloria

  18. Perfect treatment for a nice fillet of salmon! I love the creamy cool dipping sauce ... excellent!

  19. Oh, I Haven't poached salmon for the longest time - and now you got me wondering why! Love the sauce and how packed with herbs it is :) A perfect summer meal.

  20. I so enjoy reading these cooking light posts :) Your recipe sounds just amazing. Thank you for sharing :)

  21. Nothing beats poached salmon, especially in the summer. Looks delicious Val.

  22. I love salmon and we have it at least once a week. This recipe sounds so good, I will try this.
    I have never joined a blog hop before so I joined. Now I am not sure my recipe is appropriate. It is certainly not light, being fried. However, it is very good with a unique taste. You just can't have it on a regular basis.
    I am a new follower. I would enjoy seeing your recipes. Have a great day! Ginger

  23. So crisp. Perfect for summer.

  24. Now I'm hungry.. This reminds me of mom's fish

  25. Love summer dishes and poached salmon means fresh and summer for me.

  26. I am ashamed to say, although, I make salmon, almost every week, I had never poached it, before a few weeks ago. It was wonderful. I really have to make this recipe. It is a beauty.

  27. Looks so good and its healthy.

  28. I have made salmon many ways but never poached. I bet it tasted wonderful along with that herb sauce.

  29. Stay very good to you, is refreshing and healthy, is a plaer be in your kitchen, hugs great and good weekend.


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