February 2, 2011

Salmon with Shallot Vinaigrette

I am always looking for easy weeknight meals to make. So, this past weekend, I culled the "weeknight meals" section of all my old Real Simple magazines and ripped out this goody. We had lots of salmon in the freezer from a large piece we got at Costco and the cut into fillets, and I had basically every other ingredient in the house with the exception of the rice vinegar. I love when things come together easily! 

This was a very simple salmon dish -- simply pan frying the salmon and topping it with a flavourful vinaigrette. Fast, easy and healthy. You could even make it faster if you had a few extra minutes earlier in the day, you could make the vinaigrette in advance.

Salmon with Shallot Vinaigrette
Serves 4
Printable Recipe


  • 2 small shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 4 tbsp plus one tsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless salmon fillet, cut into four pieces


  • In a small bowl, combine the shallots, vinegar, dill, 4 tbsp of olive oil and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Heat one teaspoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Cook in pan until opaque throughout, 3-5 minute per side.
  • Serve salmon with the vinaigrette on top.
Recipe from Real Simple magazine, September 2009


  1. This looks GREAT! I love it when I plan impromptu meals and have all of the ingredients! :)

  2. yum! i love salmon and am always looking for new recipes. i need to buy shallots more often. i always just use garlic and onions

  3. What a beautifully simple and perfect addition to the salmon!

  4. Salmon is one of my favourite fish to eat and to serve. I don't have rice vinegar; going on my list; great photo.

  5. There are always good fast recipes in Real Simple! This salmon looks delicious - the pic is scrumptious!

  6. What a simple beautiful presentation. Lindsay, you are quite the cook. Very impressive!



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