old bay salmon with 3Ds: dijon dill dressing

rachael ray joked during her show that this dish is called a well-dressed salmon because it looks great. i agree – it is a pretty dish and yet so easy and simple to prepare. the salmon has a nice grilled look, topped with cucumber and tomato salad and drizzled with a dijon mustard and dill dressing.

but as good as how it looks, this dish tastes even better. as salmon is so rich and flavorful, the salad acts as a light balancer and the creamy dressing tops it perfectly. this is definitely a dish to show off!


  • 1/2 seedless cucumber
  • 2 small plum tomatoes
  • 1 shallot or 1/4 red onion, finely chopped, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar – or –
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus a drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill – or –
    1 tablespoon of dill spice
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • Seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)


On a cutting board, dice cucumber into 1/4-inch pieces – to peel or not to peel is up to you. Seed and dice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch pieces. Combine the cucumber, tomatoes and half of the shallots or red onion in bowl and reserve.

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, sugar, and white wine vinegar and remaining half of the shallots. Stream in extra-virgin olive oil while continuing to whisk. Stir in dill and season dressing with salt and pepper, to taste.

Season the salmon with seafood seasoning and a little black pepper. Heat a nonstick skillet or indoor grill with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Place salmon rounded side down and cook until golden and a little crispy at edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook 2 minutes more for a pink center, 4 minutes for opaque fish.

Transfer salmon to dinner or serving plates, top with the cucumber-tomato relish and cover with a liberal amount of dill dressing.

original recipe from 30 Minute Meals: Well-Dressed Salmon


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