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Watercress-Edamame Salad With Poached Salmon and Asian Pesto

An Asian salad with a ginger-maple vinaigrette is topped with poached salmon and a zesty pesto.
Poached Salmon With Asian Pesto and Watercress Salad
  • Makes 4 servings
  • Prep Time 20 to 25 minutes
  • Cook Time 10-15 minutes for poaching salmon


Poached Salmon

Watercress Salad

  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 3 tbs. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp. grated gingerroot
  • 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sea salt
  • 2 cups tightly packed watercress
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted


  • 1 tbs. minced gingerroot
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup tightly packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbs. freshly squeezed lime juice



Salad Directions: First make a vinaigrette: Place cilantro, olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, gingerroot, and maple syrup into a small food processor and process about one minute, until smooth.
Rinse the edamame well and mix with a spritz of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt. Combine with watercress and cabbage, and toss. Just before serving, dress with cilantro vinaigrette and top with sesame seeds.
Pesto Directions: Place all ingredients in a small food processor. Blend until smooth, about one minute. Spoon pesto onto the poached salmon fillets and serve.

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Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz is the director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, and the author of several cookbooks, including The Healthy Mind Cookbook and The Longevity Kitchen, from which some of these recipes are adapted. She lives in San Rafael, Calif.


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