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Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce


A crisp fresh fennel salad, tangy sun-dried tomatoes and a heady balsamic glaze complement the grilled salmon.

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  1. 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
  2. 1/4 cup red wine
  3. 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  4. 1 shallot, sliced
  5. Pinch of thyme
  6. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  9. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  10. 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  11. 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  12. 1 1/2 pounds fennel bulbs—trimmed, halved, cored and very thinly sliced
  13. Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
  1. In a medium nonreactive saucepan, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, red wine, garlic, shallot, thyme and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 20 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree. With the machine on, add the vegetable oil in a slow, steady stream. Scrape the sauce into a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium nonreactive saucepan, boil the balsamic vinegar over high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with the chives and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add the fennel and toss well.
  4. Light a grill or preheat a cast-iron grill pan. Brush the salmon fillets on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the salmon over moderately high heat until nicely browned and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  5. Mound the fennel salad on dinner plates and set the salmon fillets on top. Spoon the sun-dried tomato sauce around the fish and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar glaze.
Make Ahead
The sun-dried tomato sauce and balsamic reduction can be cooled and refrigerated separately for up to 1 week.

Suggested Pairing

Pair with a California Sauvignon Blanc, such as Cakebread Cellars or Long Vineyards.