Salmon in a Grapefruit Reduction Sauce over Kale Salad

By Katherine

I lika the sushi

I lika the sushi

I’m on a kale kick. Can’t get enough of the stuff. This recipe was inspired by Frugal Feeding’s very tasty looking Swiss Chard Salad. (Hi, Frugal we love your blog and your FB questions about American culture or lack thereof.) The salad would work well with Swiss chard, but like I said, I’m on a kale kick. If you don’t have sesame chili oil (seriously, some people might not) use sesame oil and sriracha or a bit of your favorite hot sauce. Since the fish soaked for several hours in the citrus marinade, it could be considered a ceviche and Greg only seared the outside. Cook it longer if you like it a bit more flaky.

Kale Salad

  • 1 bunch of kale (yields 4-6 cups)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame chili oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped shallots or red onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (about 2-3 cloves)
  • juice from half a lemon
  • salt/pepper to taste

Wash kale and trim off thick stems. Cut into ribbons. In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Pour in kale and toss to coat.

Salmon with a Grapefruit Reduction Sauce

  • 1 lb salmon
  • 2 grapefruit, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter

Pat salmon dry and season the pink side with salt and pepper. In a container large enough to hold the salmon, mix the juices, wine, onion, cilantro and vinegar. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Marinate for 6-8 hours, or all day so it’s ready to go when you get home from work. Melt butter in a large frying pan and add fish skin side up. Sear for about 3 minutes, then flip over and sear again for 3 minutes. If you want to cook the fish all the way then place pan in oven at 350 degrees and cook until done, about 5 more minutes. Otherwise remove fish from pan and cover with foil. Strain liquid into a bowl from marinade and throw onion and cilantro into the fish pan. Scrape up all the bits while browning the onion, then add about 1/2 cup citrus marinade. Reduce, season with salt and pepper and taste. If it needs more citrus add another 1/2 cup marinade and cook down again. Slice fish diagonally and serve over kale with reduction sauce drizzled over top.

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24 Responses to Salmon in a Grapefruit Reduction Sauce over Kale Salad

  1. TasteFood says:

    I love your kale kick!

  2. souldipper says:

    I’m with you – kale is king! I add it, use it and devour it any way I can. Thanks for this recipe!

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    We haven’t had kale in a long time but I’m seeing it quite a bit I’m the blogosphere so I’m thinking I’d better get on your bandwagon and get some already! Loving the ceviche seared fish, yum!

  4. That sounds terrific. We don’t get a lot a Kale here, which is a shame.

  5. I was just going to mention your recent frequent use of kale. This looks like another tasty winner!

  6. I’m not a kale fan, other than in a soup, but we are suffering Grapefruit Overload at the moment…Mom sent a huge box from Texas as a Christmas Gift. This would be great on scallops, too.

  7. sallybr says:

    Love this recipe! Kale is a favorite of mine too. ;-)

  8. Mad Dog says:

    That reduction’s almost a cocktail ;-)

  9. spree says:

    What a great combination of flavors you’ve got here! I’m liking that you can’t get enough of kale these days!

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m pretty late to the kale party, only started eating it a couple years ago. And I’ve yet to make a salad with it but your dressing sure is tempting.

  11. I’ve been on a kale kick for the last year and am loving the idea of this combo with the salmon!

  12. Hmmm what an interesting combination…

  13. Beautiful, love the idea of using kale in a salad!

  14. Love it! Great dinner idea and fantastic punch of grapefruit.

  15. petit4chocolatier says:

    Katherine, I love the kale kick. I read Frugal’s kale recipe. And I have buyers regret on kale. A local supermarket had buy one bag and get one free of kale. I looked at it and thought of no recipes. Now, I am kicking myself. Excellent recipe :)

  16. Kristy says:

    Totally creative! We eat salmon at least once a week. I wonder if I would like it with grapefruit. I know I would with the kale. I haven’t had that in a while. Love how you cooked the salmon. Looks perfect to me. :)

  17. rsmacaalay says:

    That sauce looks so delcious

  18. Haha – very good!

  19. I’m loving the salmon recipes you guys have posted recently :)

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