Passover Dinner and the Bounties of Spring

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25 Mar 2009

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Tonight’s Dinner in Minutes? Grilled Salmon with Olive Tapenade and Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Grilled salmon with an olive tapenade garnish makes an elegant dish that takes very little effort. Serve it for the family or for guests during this Holiday week. Grill this salmon on a grill, stove-top grill or place it under the broiler.

Dinner In MinutesOn a recent trip to Seattle, Washington, I had a chance to taste really fresh salmon.. As Chef Thierry Rautureau, chef/owner of Rover’s Restaurant told me, “With salmon like this you don’t need to do much to it.” He makes an olive tapenade, spoons it over salmon fillets and places them on a grill for about 4 minutes. The salmon was juicy, tasty and a real treat. I’ve adapted his recipe for this salmon meal that we can make in minutes at home. .

Olive tapenade is a paste made from olives, garlic, olive oil and herbs. There are many good varieties in the market.

Roasting asparagus brings out the flavor. New Potatoes or Creamers are available in the spring. They are about 3/4-inch in diameter and have a short season. They’re a treat and I always look for them at this time of year.

This meal contains 481 calories per serving with 33 percent of calories from fat.

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Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To Buy: 1 1/2-pounds salmon fillet, 1 jar olive tapenade, 1 1/2-pounds potatoes (new potatoes if available), 2 pounds asparagus and olive oil spray.
Staples: Olive oil, salt and black peppercorns.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of fourteen cookbooks including her newest, Prevention’s Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes and Mix ‘n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes. Email Linda at You can visit Linda on her webpage at