Consider offering something that is richly savory, but won't weigh down the party this holiday season.
We started with a beautiful side of salmon, roasted it with butter and garlic, then dressed it with a warm lentil salad spiked with citrus and pomegranate. The result is a beautiful dish that will make a statement. If you can't find creme fraiche, substitute sour cream or Greek-style yogurt.
Makes 10 servings
2 cups green lentils
4-pound side of salmon, skin on
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and ground black pepper
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Segments of 3 oranges
Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Splash of hot sauce
8-ounce tub creme fraiche
Juice of 1 orange
1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lentils and boil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well and set aside.
3. While the lentils cook, prepare the salmon. Place the salmon, skin down, on the prepared baking sheet. Rub with the garlic. Place dots of butter all over the surface of the salmon, then sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just the center is slightly translucent.
4. While the salmon roasts, prepare the lentil salad. In a medium bowl, gently mix together the cooked lentils, lemon zest and juice, the orange segments, pomegranate seeds, coriander, cilantro and hot sauce. Season with salt and black pepper.
5. In a small bowl, stir together the creme fraiche and orange juice.
6. To serve, place the salmon on a large platter, arrange the lentil salad around the salmon. Drizzle with the creme fraiche sauce.